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Pro Tip: Search with Spotlight on Mac

Spotlight can help you quickly find documents, emails, apps, and many other items on your Mac. With Siri Suggestions, you can also get news, sports scores, weather conditions, stock prices, and more.

How to search

Click the Spotlight icon (magnifying class icon–if shown) in the menu bar or press Command-Space bar.

  • Spotlight lists top hits first; click a top hit to preview or open it. Spotlight also suggests variations of your search; you can view those results in Spotlight or on the web.

In the results, do any of the following:

  • See results of a suggested search in Spotlight.

  • See results of a suggested search on the web.

  • Open an item: Double-click it. Or select the item, then press the Return key.

  • Show the location of a file on your Mac: Select the file, then press and hold the Command key. The file’s location appears at the bottom of the preview.

  • Copy an item: Drag a file to the desktop or a Finder window. See all results from your Mac in the Finder: Scroll to the bottom of the results, then click Search in Finder.


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