Get Info on Anything from Spotlight in Mac OS X

Mar 3, 2010 - 3 Comments

Spotlight icon You can quickly access “Get Info” for any file or application from within Spotlight search results in Mac OS X.

This requires a set of two simple keystrokes, first to get into Spotlight, then the next is to Get Info on the item in question. Let’s run through how to use these two features together:

  1. From anywhere in OS X, hit Command+Spacebar and search for a file as usual with Spotlight
  2. Use the arrow keys to navigate to the search result you wish to Get Info about, being sure the file or item is highlighted
  3. Now with the file highlighted that you want to Get Info on, hit Command+i to pull up the Get Info window immediately

Get Info on items from Spotlight in Mac OS X

Yes, this is the same Get Info window that you’ll find accessible elsewhere in OS X with the same Command+i keystroke.

It works the same in new and old versions of OS X, up top is how it looks in modern Macs, but indeed it exists in prior versions too:


Very handy, and it works in just about every version of Mac OS X that exists, so long as you have Spotlight you can use this.

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Posted by: David Mendez in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Moridin says:

    This doesn’t work for me. Any ideas?

  2. dvkch says:

    Be sure you are doing it on a real file, not a contact/mail for example.

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