Search the Web from Mac OS X Finder, TextEdit, and Preview

Dec 13, 2011 - 5 Comments

Search Google from TextEdit

Mac OS X and several default apps have a built-in ability to quickly search the web. Highlight any text in the Finder, Preview, or TextEdit, and then hit Command+Shift+L to launch Safari with a Google search for the highlighted text selection.

The web browser will be set to Safari regardless of your default browser settings and doesn’t appear to be customizable. However, you can select either Google, Bing, or Yahoo as the search engine for the keyboard shortcut by going into Safari’s Preferences:

Search default options in Safari

Other apps beyond the three mentioned likely have the same ability, but the Command+Shift+L keyboard shortcut in Safari opens Reading List rather than searching the web.

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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Tom says:

    For those who have done their best to move away from Safari should check out this post. This will use your default browser.
    http://rentzsch.tumblr.com/post/5794765921/search-with-google-using-chrome

  2. Tom says:

    Very handy hotkey combo ✨❕

  3. theOak says:

    Oh yeah?… How do you use a non-Apple provided search engine, one that doesn’t track you? Like duckduckgo.com ixqucksearch.com

    @Tom, your tip is appreciated, but the info on that page in your posted link doesn’t seem to work.

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