Using Spotlight on a Mac

Speed Up Access to Files, Info, and More


Activate Spotlight on your Mac with Command+Spacebar (or click the magnifying glass at the top left of the screen).

Spotlight Can Find

  • Applications
  • Documents
  • Contacts
  • Email messages
  • Weather
  • Stock info
  • Sports scores
  • Movies
  • Maps and directions
  • Wikipedia results
  • Bing results
  • Calculation results
  • Convert currencies

You can see and modify what Spotlight can do in the System Preferences/Spotlight.

Make Spotlight Like Siri
Combine Spotlight and Dictation.
Press Command+Spacebar
Then fnfn (fn twice) and dictate your Spotlight query.

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