Six useful Spotlight keystrokes

Mar 15, 2007 - 3 Comments

You’ve probably noticed by now that we frequently rave about Spotlight, an invaluable tool and one of the greatest features of Mac OS X. Although it’s main intention is to be an instant search utility for documents, pictures, music, emails, whatever, it also works wonders as a super quick application launcher (often I will use Spotlight more than the Dock for this purpose). If you aren’t enjoying Spotlight you are missing out, but for the rest of us, here are six useful keystrokes to get the most from your Spotlight usage.

Action Keystroke
Open Spotlight Menu Command-Space
Open Spotlight Window Command-Option-Space
In Spotlight menu: Launch Top Hit Command-Return
Reveal the selected item in the Finder

In Spotlight Menu: Command-click item or press Command-Return

In Spotlight Window: Press Command-R

Skip to first result in each category Command up/down arrow
Clear Spotlight search field Escape clears to do another search.
Escape a second time closes the spotlight menu.

Is your Spotlight menu not working properly? Try these Spotlight troubleshooting tips

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  1. archimedes says:

    I didn’t even know there was a spotlight window that could come up, cool tips

  2. deck2 says:

    :) yeah spotlight is cool app, but i still have to few files and i remember everything so i rarely use it, but the way search results are shown is the best ive sean

  3. Mary Riley says:

    Wow, I absolutely love Spotlight. I was training for a mini triathlon, and it made using my Mac way faster. Thanks for the tips!

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