Now that you’re happily settled into a life with Yosemite, here comes our next Mac tip. This month we’ve been looking at searching using Spotlight, the new Finder, and how you can use this in your working day.
Use Spotlight to search through your Mac for that missing file your boss has requested last minute, or for browsing through your music selection during that slow Friday afternoon. The Spotlight tool quickly finds anything on your Mac and searches your documents, emails, apps, songs and contacts.
You can also opt to receive the Spotlight Suggestions tool from sources like Wikipedia, Bing, Maps, news and iTunes so you can get more information right in Spotlight. Here’s a quick run through how to search and use Spotlight:
1. Click the Spotlight icon in the menu bar, or press Command and Space bar.
2. Enter your search criteria. Results appear as you type – no need to hit Return.
3. Click on a search result to preview it in Spotlight. You can also use the arrow keys to scroll through the results.
You can use Spotlight to search for:
– Items on your Mac like documents, emails, apps, songs, movies, contacts, events and reminders.
– Items in the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or App Store, such as songs, albums, movies, TV shows, books and apps.
– Locations near you, such as stores, restaurants, businesses, train stations and landmarks.
– Wikipedia entries for people, places etc.
– News for current events.
– Unit and currency conversions.
Note: If you turn off Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web Searches in Settings, you’ll only be able to search items on your Mac.