A Beginner’s Guide to Mac Spotlight

Users who are new to Mac often don't know about Spotlight, or think it is just a way to search for files by name. You can use spotlight to search for files by name and content and preview the contents before you open the file. You can also go to the file instead of opening it. Spotlight will also find other items like dictionary definitions, email messages, images and more. You can use Spotlight to do mathematical calculations, unit and currency conversions. One thing that many people use Spotlight for is a quick and easy app launcher.

Comments: 5 Responses to “A Beginner’s Guide to Mac Spotlight”

    Craig
    2 years ago

    Great video. Concise and helpful. Quickly showed me things I did not know about Spotlight, even though I have used a Mac for years. Thanks for creating and posting it.

    Robert
    2 years ago

    Yes, Gary…what Craig said! Thank you!

    Debi Brening
    2 years ago

    My spotlight doesn’t seem to work like your does. I did go into system preferences and made sure everything was checked. Example: I hit Command + Space bar, then type in Dennis (husbands name) and instead of bringing up everything Dennis it goes into Design space software I use. Then I try weather and it goes into a web page site that i made. Any thoughts on what i might be doing wrong??? Thank you…love your videos, I have learned so much!!!

    2 years ago

    Debi: Hard for me to say what could be wrong. Try a restart, Or, maybe turn off everything and back on again.

    Sandy Dawson
    2 years ago

    Fantastic tutorial. Now going to use spotlight daily!

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