If you own a Mac, you may or may not know how quick and powerful the Spotlight tool can be – but today I’m going to show you 10 Tricks Mac Spotlight Can Do and a few extra tips for customizing it to work the way you want it to.
Before you jump into the list of tricks, I want to show you two ways to open Spotlight.
- Click on the magnifying glass in the top right corner, OR
- Click command and the space bar at the same time (this method is faster, so it’s the one I recommend in most instances)
Enjoy the list and let me know in the comments which one you like the best or your favorite ones I missed!
NOTE: To use any feature related to directions or location, you must have your location services enabled under System Preferences/Security & Privacy/Location Services.
* Want to switch your Spotlight to the dark version like I have in the video? Go to System Preferences/General and click “Use dark menu bar and Dock.”
All the “kinds” of files you can search for:
Direct Links to All 10 Tricks:
00:18 2 Ways to Open Spotlight
00:41 1. Open Applications
1:14 2. Finding Files or Folders
1:41 3. Searching for a Specific Kind of File (i.e. image, etc)
2:17 4. Info and Directions
3:13 5. Movie Info (Times, Locations, Actors, etc)
3:53 6. Math Problems
4:23 7. Currency and Measurement Conversions
5:03 8. Make Phone or FaceTime Calls
5:23 9. Find Path to Specific files/folders
5:59 10. Put Spotlight Results in the Order You Want