Using instant search in OS X to speed up your work and play – Using Spotlight

Using Spotlight I was helping a friend the other day with some photo editing and we could not find the file he needed, he was furiously scanning folders, in and out, looking in all sorts of places it even got so far of trying to look through old emails to find the original, after a few minutes of trying to be patient I had to ask, how come you don’t just use Spotlight. Spotwhat? he quickly said.

So that was it I shifted him out of his seat and immediately pressed APPLE(button)+Spacebar and started to type the first few letters of the file name, and up in the right hand top corner of the screen a large list of files dropped down, from there I scrolled down and clicked on the file and it opened as usual into photoshop.

My friend was blown away , they had never scene that little blue box up there before, in-fact they hadn’t even heard of Spotlight.

Since 2005 and Mac OS X v10.4 when Spotlight got introduced I have pretty much abandoned the Dock and Finder and use Spotlight full time.

Spotlight lets us search for files, check dictionary definitions, open contacts and even open Applications. When you type in a search term Spotlight splits the search into Application,Documents,Pictures,Movies and even Fonts, this makes it much easier to find what you looking for.

To give a quick example, I never open or bring into focus iTunes using the dock or find and rarely have no hands on the keyboard, so its quicker just to hit APPLE+spacebar type ‘ it ‘, the Top Hit will be iTunes and apple in its user friendly wisdom has already highlighted it for you so just hit ‘ Enter ‘ and there you have it a lovely new iTunes window

So next time you find your fingers near APPLE+spacebar go ahead and give spotlight a try.


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