11 Must-Know Spotlight Keyboard Shortcuts
Spotlight is Mac OS X’s powerful built-in search engine. Not only will it find just about any file or folder buried on your drives, but it also doubles as a fantastically quick application launcher. If you aren’t using Spotlight on a regular basis yet you really should start doing so, and with that in mind here are 11 helpful keyboard shortcuts to get the most out of Mac search feature.
4 Basic Spotlight Shortcuts
These are the most basic shortcuts to use Spotlight:
- Open Spotlight menu – Command+Space
- Open Spotlight in the Finder – Command+Option+Space
- Clear Spotlight search box – Escape
- Close Spotlight menu – Escape twice
7 Spotlight Usage & Navigation Keyboard Shortcuts
These shortcuts are for interacting and navigating within Spotlight search results:
- Open first search item – Return
- Navigate search results – Arrow Up and Arrow Down
- Open to location of first search item in Finder – Command+Return
- Get Info on search item – Command+I
- Show Quick Look Preview of Spotlight results – Command key or hover with the Mouse cursor (OS X 10.7 and later only)
- Show path/location of search result – Command+Option while hovering over search result
- Jump categories in search results – Command+Arrow Up or Command+Arrow Down
Remember these tips and you’ll be mastering Spotlight in no time!
Don’t forget that you can use search operators to improve results by looking only for specified file types or dates, and more. We have plenty more Spotlight tips if you’re interested too, check them out.