How to Use Spotlight Search on Mac

Spotlight in Mac is a search utility which helps you find your files in a very convenient way. With the help of spotlight you can search for things such as documents, applications, media files and other files. As the time passes Mac might get accumulated with enormous amount of files; but when it comes to accessing any specific file then it would become difficult if the location is not know. However in such situations spotlight tool can come handy which searches the result within a blink of eye. What is more special about this tool is that the utility can spot out the word contained within document or any other files. This incredible feature becomes very much useful when you don’t remember the exact name and location of the file where it was saved.

Here could find some excellent tips on using the spotlight search in an effective way. In order to utilize Spotlight first locate magnifying glass icon located on upper right corner of menu bar and click on it, or just make use of shortcut “Command-Space” from any application to open spotlight. When you click on the spotlight it appears at the center of your screen. As you type the words to search your could see that you will be suggested by many words which provides you an easy way to find files. Thus just typing few letters is enough for accessing your favorite apps quickly.

Moreover when the suggestions are listed you can use up or down keys of your keyboard or the mouse pointer to scroll on the suggestion, by this you can get preview of the result before getting into it in details. Furthermore, spotlight includes a rich database of dictionary through which you can get definition of any given word. Also you can even convert currencies, obtain calculations (for example by typing “50 dollars” or “1+2” you will obtain instant result) and perform other functions using spotlight.

Additionally, when some other Mac computers are connected to your network then you can search for files even on those Mac computers using spotlight tool provided sharing is ON. However, in some cases you might have stored same files twice which leads to duplicates. In such cases spotlight would show results for both hence may not find satisfactory results. Just delete duplicate files using Remo MORE tool in just one click to get effective results from spotlight.

How to Use Spotlight Search on Mac was last modified: February 6th, 2015 by Tony Landry

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