You can make currency conversions on a Mac using the Calculator app, but did you know that you can do this too – and quickly – using Spotlight? Spotlight is known as the comprehensive search function, but it can do much more.
The tool creates an index of all elements and files on the system. Spotlight is designed to quickly find a wide variety of items on your computer, including documents, photos, music, applications, and system settings, as well as currency conversion by tapping the calculator app.
If you are using MacOS 1
Start Spotlight by clicking the icon in the top right of the screen or pressing Command + space.
Enter the amount to be converted in front of the current currency symbol (for example, $ 1000). If you apply in US dollars, the first result will be in euros, followed by British Pound, Japanese Yen, Canadian Dollar and Swiss Franc.
For a particular conversion, use the form nn XXX to YYY, such as 1000EUR to USD (or € 1000 to $ if you prefer to use symbols for currencies that have them) .
You can also use Spotlight for other tasks. It can show you dictionary definitions, calculations, measurement conversions, and more:
- To get a definition, type a word or phrase, and then click the result in the definition.
- To get a calculation, type something like "2 + 2" in the search field.
- To convert measurements, enter something like 25 lbs or "32 ft two meters."