Apple Search Tool, Spotlight, is a great tool for finding files on your Mac and looking up news, sports, weather and other data on the web. It supports advanced syntax, Wikipedia, word definitions and more.
You can open it by clicking the magnifying glass icon in the top right of the menu bar. Or you can use a variety of keyboard shortcuts to save time. Check them out:
- Open the Spotlight menu – Command + Space
- Open Spotlight in the Finder – Command + Option + Space
- Remove Keywords – Escape
- Close Spotlight Menu – Avoid Twice
- Open first search option – Return
- Navigate search result – Up arrow and down arrow
- Open for placement of first search item in Finder – Command + Return
- Get info on search item – Command + I
- Show Quick Look Preview of Spotlight results – Command key or hover with the mouse pointer (OS X 10.7 and later only)
- Show the path / location of the search result – Command + Option while swinging the search result
- Jump categories in the search results – Command + Up arrow or Command + Down arrow
You can also search with Spotlight to find a file using natural language. Just write "Steve Sande's e-mail in September", "Word documents I worked yesterday," "I took last month," etc., and Spotlight helps you track those items.
You can use Spotlight to find out Local weather or weather conditions in another city. Enter "Weather in [location]." For example, if I want to find the weather instead, I'll enter Weather in Nashville, TN. "
You can find videos online. Enter" [name of] video "in Spotlight.
You can find information about your favorite games by searching for" (team name) score, "" team name) plan, "etc. For example, if I want to figure out the score of the last game of my favorite football team, I would write" Titan's score.
You can also resize the Spotlight window to show more results or move it anywhere on your desktop.