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Jump Between Spotlight Search Result Categories in Mac OS X

Jul 31, 2016 - 7 Comments
Jump Spotlight search result categories in Mac OS X

Spotlight on the Mac will search through many different file types and folders to help you find what you’re looking for, but if Spotlight finds multiple matches across different categories, you’ll see the search results returned under each respective category listing. While many Mac users will use the cursor to click the result they want, … Read More

Convert Currency in Spotlight Search for iOS

Jul 23, 2016 - 12 Comments
Converting Currency in Spotlight

Spotlight Search for iOS now has the ability to perform currency calculations and conversions using up to date exchange rates. This is a handy built-in feature for travelers, anyone who needs to exchange money, and those who work across borders, and it’s built right into the latest versions of Spotlight for iOS on iPhone, iPad, … Read More

How to Remove News Headlines from Spotlight Search in iOS

Jul 17, 2016 - 10 Comments
Remove News headlines from Spotlight in iOS

Spotlight Search displays various ‘news’ headlines in modern versions of iOS, and while some users may find this information useful, others don’t care to see what are often tabloid-like headlines splashed across their iPhone and iPad search function. Fortunately with a little effort you can quickly turn off the News headlines from Spotlight and stop … Read More

Play a Song from Spotlight Search in Mac OS X

Feb 13, 2016 - 5 Comments
Play a song in Spotlight search for Mac OS X, without using iTunes

Many Mac users know that music, apps, and documents can be launched directly from Spotlight search, and newer versions of OS X support getting weather, game scores, stock prices, and more from the powerful built-in search engine. But did you know that you can play music directly from Spotlight on the Mac as well? And … Read More

How to Disable Siri Suggestions in Spotlight Search on iPhone with iOS 9

Jan 18, 2016 - 4 Comments
Siri Suggestions in Spotlight search of iOS

Siri Suggestions is a feature of modern versions of iOS that recommends contacts, apps, nearby locations, and news, right from the Spotlight search screen. Siri Suggestions aims to be intelligent and learn from user behavior on the iPhone and iPad, offering contacts and apps depending on usage patterns, location, and the time of day, and … Read More

Stop Spotlight Stalling & Beachballs When Searched in Mac OS X with External Drives

Oct 26, 2015 - 23 Comments
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Spotlight is the lightning fast search engine built into the Mac, but some users may have noticed that once Spotlight has been summoned and a file search query is beginning to be typed, OS X freezes up, stalls, and beachballs for anywhere from 10-30 seconds for seemingly no apparent reason. If you’re in a quiet … Read More

5 Great New Spotlight Search Tricks in Mac OS X

Oct 3, 2015 - 46 Comments
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Spotlight search has long been one of the greatest features on the Mac (and iOS for that matter), and now with the latest versions of MacOS (or Mac OS X) the near instant search engine that spans Apple platforms has some new capabilities that make it even more powerful and worthwhile. From being able to … Read More

How to Search & Find Specific File Types & File Formats in Mac OS X

Aug 3, 2015 - 9 Comments
Search Spotlight for a file kind match in Mac OS X

Mac users who are searching for specific file type and file format matches on their computer can make the job dramatically easier by issuing proper search operators to the Find functions in OS X. File type search operators can be used directly in Spotlight and also in the Finder based search function, and they can … Read More

Find Movie Showtimes with Spotlight in Mac OS X

May 22, 2015 - 10 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 Mac OS X

Jan 16, 2015 - 17 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

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