Use Spotlight To Its Full Potential [Video How-To]

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Spotlight, the search tool built into Mac OS X is extremely powerful if you know how to use it. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize the true power of it, and therefore lose out on a lot of functionality. In this video I’ll show you how to use Spotlight to its full potential.

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50 responses to “Use Spotlight To Its Full Potential [Video How-To]”

  1. Stuart says:

    Its full potential. No apostrophe. OK?

  2. Tallest_Skil says:

    For HEAVEN’S sake.

    It’s ‘its’. Not it’s.

    This is the state of studentdom these days? Honestly…

  3. Michael Steeber says:

    Everyone makes mistakes. Fixed. 

  4. Chris says:

    I like Alfred better. It’s bigger and right in the middle of the screen, so you actually see your results^^and it’s faster

  5. Tallest_Skil says:

    I realize that. But this is journalism. And the changes haven’t yet been pushed, apparently.

  6. sebzar says:

    CMD+Spacebar will not work if you have international options enabled. You’ll end up changing the language of your keyboard in stead of opening spotlight.

  7. Morgan says:

    I just use Alfred — does most of these functions and more :)

  8. Robert says:

    Great video michael! I never bothered looking into spotlight in detail but your video has made me realize how powerful it is.

    Robert

  9. Bret Biornstad says:

    What are the icons on your menu bar?

  10. Euro_MacHead says:

    Ehhhh…wrong.

    My iMac and MacBook Pro are as international (several (5) keyboard languages enabled) as it gets but cmd+space does always work. You seem to have simply reconfigured the shortcut. 

  11. sebzar says:

    No I haven’t reconfigured anything regarding shortcuts. But it doesn’t matter I have seen a lot of shortcut differences between OS X in different languages. I have a Norwegian setup on one account and a English setup on the other account. And using the English account cmd+space shows finder. On the Norwegian account it changes the keyboard language. Using safari on the english account and using the cmd-key while clicking on a link opens a new tab in the background as on the Norwegian account the new tab gets opened in the foreground. Also here no configuration changes done.

  12. Return of the mac says:

    Looks like your gonna have to replace your mouse batteries soon

  13. Macmann says:

    Great video. I’ve always used Spotlight loads and knowing these other features will come in handy.
    Thanks.

  14. Erik says:

    Nice video. Thanks. I have a question about math in spotlight. If you do cos or sin, say cos(60) it gives out 0,952. This is in Radials. Is it possible to make it so that the output is in Degrees? When I do it in the Calculator App you have the option to choose, but not in Spotlight. A handy terminal code maybe?

  15. Erik says:

    Nice video. Thanks. I have a question about math in spotlight. If you do cos or sin, say cos(60) it gives out 0,952. This is in Radials. Is it possible to make it so that the output is in Degrees? When I do it in the Calculator App you have the option to choose, but not in Spotlight. A handy terminal code maybe?

  16. Jack Holland says:

    An apostrophe is extremely powerful if you know how to use it. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize the true power of ‘it’…

  17. Luckystar says:

    ITS — it’s means “it is”.

  18. Willy Pimentel says:

    awesome

  19. RobPungello says:

    Personally, I think I’ll stick to Quicksilver.

  20. Guest says:

    ITS is the possessive of IT while IT’S is the contraction of IT IS. Simple, yes?

  21. Raksha Sharma says:

    Use Microsoft Office  on Mac for free http://goo.gl/GUfX1

  22. Fredg says:

    tits that’s what you lot are. Proud you could show up a student?

  23. martinberoiz says:

    I have spanish keyboard and a few others and cmd+space works for me.

  24. asil says:

    I have the same problem. Apparently, when you have international keyboards enabled (I have several different Chinese keyboards enabled) the shortcut for spotlight changes to ^spacebar. I haven’t changed configurations either.

  25. Chuckmoehow says:

    All of you need to stop being so damn picky.  We all have plenty of things we make mistakes on and most people can’t stand people pointing them out.  You wouldn’t like it if someone pointed out all of your mistakes to everyone.  Then again anyone can point out errors as a tough person behind a computer.

  26. Kannapiran Ponraj says:

    Amazing Mike, You blew me off, Thanks

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