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Find Movie Showtimes with Spotlight in Mac OS X

May 22, 2015 - 4 Comments
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Want to see a movie tonight? Wondering what the showtime are of a movie playing nearby? You can quickly find local movie showtimes by using the Spotlight search feature in Mac OS X. Yes you read that right, the same Spotlight that works as an app launcher and file search engine, can also uncover movie … Read More

View Live Webpage Previews in Spotlight on Mac OS X

Mar 27, 2015 - 6 Comments
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You may know that you can quickly jump to websites by typing a domain name into a Spotlight search and choosing the ‘Suggested Website’ option, but did you know you can get a live preview of a webpage from Spotlight on the Mac? This is a fairly simple trick that’s pretty useful, and yes it … Read More

Get Exchange Rates & Convert Currency with Spotlight in OS X

Jan 16, 2015 - 13 Comments
Convert Currency with Spotlight in OS X Yosemite, Dark Mode bug

The Mac has long had currency conversion tools available through Calculator app and Dashboard with the Converter widget, but the latest versions of OS X have an even faster option available with Spotlight, which can provide current exchange rates and conversions on the fly. You will need to be running at least OS X 10.10 … Read More

Find Local Listings & Restaurants with Spotlight in Mac OS X

Nov 16, 2014 - 9 Comments
Spotlight local business listings in Mac OS X

Spotlight is the fantastic search engine built into OS X and iOS, and while most people associate Spotlight searches with finding documents on their Mac or launching applications, the feature set has expanded dramatically since OS X Yosemite. One of the more useful tricks found within the revised Spotlight search is the ability to search … Read More

Spotlight Search Results Blank, or Spotlight Not Working in iOS 8? Here’s a Really Silly Temporary Fix

Oct 26, 2014 - 103 Comments
Search the web with Spotlight in iOS

Spotlight gained many new features and improvements with the latest version of iOS, but along with those changes came a curious bug that seems to randomly prevent Spotlight from working at all on an iPhone or iPad with empty search results.

Find Files with Date Specific Searches in Spotlight for Mac OS X

May 14, 2014 - 8 Comments
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Being able to quickly access recent work files on a Mac is an obvious productivity booster, but what if you need to find files created or modified on a very specific date? There are a few ways to do this, but one of the fastest tricks is using date search operators in the Spotlight search … Read More

Include Mac System Files in OS X Searches with a Simple Adjustment

Jan 30, 2014 - 6 Comments
Search system files in Mac OS X

Need to find a system file or several, but you aren’t entirely sure the directory path of where that system item is located? Maybe you’re looking for a plist file and you aren’t sure if it’s in the user Library folder, or the System Library folder? Rather than digging about in the variety of / … Read More

See a List of All Apps Installed on an iPhone / iPad with Spotlight

Dec 9, 2013 - 4 Comments
Get an Application list in iOS Spotlight

It’s easy to wind up with a lot of apps installed on our iPhones and iPads, and if you’ve ever wanted to see every single app on an iOS device you have probably noticed there isn’t any obvious way to do so without connecting to iTunes or looking at the Storage Usage list in Settings. … Read More

Search the Web & Wikipedia from the iOS Home Screen with Spotlight

Oct 26, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Quick web search from iOS home screen with Spotlight

Want to quickly search the web or Wikipedia from the Home Screen of iOS? Just turn to Spotlight, the built-in search engine. Sure, Spotlight is often used as an application launcher or a way to quickly find old emails, notes, and contacts, but you can also type more generic queries into it the search box … Read More

Cut, Copy, & Paste Files Directly from Spotlight in Mac OS X

Oct 13, 2013 - Leave a Comment
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Spotlight is the wildly useful search feature built into Mac OS X (and iOS) that is accessible by hitting Command+Spacebar. It can seemingly find and do everything, but did you know it also includes basic file system functionality? Using some little known tricks, you can copy and cut files directly from Spotlight, letting you easily … Read More

Force Spotlight to Ignore Folders & Files with a Naming Extension in OS X

May 28, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Force Spotlight to ignore files and directories with a name change

Spotlight is the core of Mac OS X’s Search functionality, and if you want Spotlight to ignore a file, folder, or drive, the traditionally recommended advice is to drag the items to exclude from indexation into the Spotlight system preference panel exclusion list. That’s the recommended approach because it’s simple to use and easy to … Read More

Change Finder Search to Look In Current Folder Rather Than Everywhere in Mac OS X

Mar 12, 2013 - 5 Comments
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Using the search box that sits in the top right corner of a Finder window defaults to searching everything on a Mac. Sure, you can click the center Search option after the fact to narrow it down to the current folder, but often times you’re using that search feature thinking it will look in the … Read More

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