I am attempting to create popup definitions for important words in my lecture notebooks. I plan to create a glossary containing a list of words and their definitions and then search through my lecture notebooks replacing each instance of those words with a button (that has no appearance) which when moused over will display the definition of the word.

I figured out the latter part. The code below creates an AttachCell[] with a definition that appears and disappears when hovering over the word "domain". You can try it out if you like.

Button[Style["domain", "Text"], 
 obj = AttachCell[EvaluationBox[], 
      "The domain of a function is the set of all possible inputs for \
the function."], Background -> LightGreen], Background -> LightGreen, 
    ImageSize -> {150, Automatic}], Top, 8, Bottom, 
   RemovalConditions -> "MouseExit"], AutoAction -> True, 
 Appearance -> None]

I know that I can search through a lecture notebook for the word "domain" in a text cell, so that's not the issue.

This issue I am having is that once I find an instance of the word "domain", I can't seem to figure out how to replace the word with the button above. It seems simple. I must be missing something very easy. I tried Paste[] but the button isn't active once pasted. Any ideas?

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Use NotebookWrite after NotebookFind to automatically create an inline cell within a text cell:

NotebookFind[EvaluationNotebook[], "domain"];
NotebookWrite[EvaluationNotebook[], ToBoxes@mybutton]

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