Mac Basics: Using Spotlight Search

With a quick keyboard shortcut you can bring up Spotlight Search and look for files, launch applications, get various kinds of information. People use Spotlight Search in a variety of different ways.

Comments: 4 Responses to “Mac Basics: Using Spotlight Search”

    Mick
    4 months ago

    Thanks Gary. Really helpful tutorial. I actually find Spotlight very unreliable and intermittent. Sometimes the Spotlight doesn’t even show when requested using command + space. More often, Spotlight does not show any options when an entry is made in the Spotlight “bubble”. For instance, typing ” Mai” does not bring up any options to select. I really like Spotlight, particularly for launching Apps, but I find it’s unreliability frustrating. Thanks Mick

    Will
    3 months ago

    Thanks Gary. Very helpful as ever. At one point after I bought a new computer when I found Spotlight was very slow I discovered it was also searching all my TimeMachine backups. This was easy enough to fix but it was puzzling while it lasted.

    Mick
    3 months ago

    @Will Please can you advise how you knew SL was searching within TimeMachine, and how did you cure it. It could be the reason my SL is very slow. Thanks Mick

    Dave Hunter
    3 months ago

    Your “Basics” series is incredibly helpful. Every one including this “spotlight” review contains tips that I find immediately helpful. I am always impressed at what you have discovered, and how much I have missed by doing things the same way without analyzing my actions to see if they could be improved or made more efficient (keyboard shortcuts, finding calendar entries, seeing document content etc). It’s a must for mid-range users.

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