Jump Between 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, some more advanced users use the arrow keys to navigate within the Spotlight search results as well. This tip is an extension of the latter trick, letting you navigate quickly through Spotlight search results by jumping to different category listings in the Spotlight result window.
This trick to quickly moving between Spotlight result sections is pretty straight forward, here’s what you’ll need to do:
- When in a Spotlight search result screen with multiple result categories, hold down the Command Key while using the up and down arrows to instantly jump to the next category of search results
For example, if you’re on the topmost listing at first search:
Holding down the Command key and pressing the down arrow a few times will jump down multiple categories rather than having to wade through or selecting the individual results.
Try this yourself by searching for anything that may have multiple category results. Depending on how you have arranged the Spotlight search result category priorities your topmost result categories may look different from the screenshots here.
This works with any results in the Spotlight menu, just hold down the Command key with the up and down arrow to make the broader category jump through the Spotlight search results.
This is one of many great tricks for Spotlight, don’t miss our Spotlight tips section for both iOS and Mac, and be sure to check out some great Spotlight search tricks for the latest versions of Mac OS X too.