Use Spotlight Menu as a Calculator

Need to perform a quick calculation? Instead of launching Calculator, or going to the Dashboard, just go to the Spotlight Menu at the top right corner of your screen and type. For instance, typing 2+2 gives you the answer. You can get more complex than that, of course. The keyboard shortcut of Command+Space works as well. So Command+Space 2+2 gets you the answer quickly, no matter what application you are running at the time.

Comments: 4 Responses to “Use Spotlight Menu as a Calculator”

    11 years ago

    “2+2” opens the calculator on my iMac (10.6.4) without an answer!

      11 years ago

      Right. The answer is up in the spotlight menu. Type Command+Space then 2+2 and you see the answer in the spotlight menu: 2+2 = 4
      Pressing return will then open up the calculator, but the equation isn’t transferred to it.

    9 years ago

    For some reason my spotlight will not calculate or search for applications for no apparent reason. Help?

      9 years ago

      Is it simply in the middle of re-indexing? Have you tried the normal stuff like logging out and back in (or restarting)?

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