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Spotlight 101 – Basic Use

Spotlight is an excellent little feature on Mac that many users don’t take advantage of.

Spotlight is located in your top menubar. On the far right you will see a magnifying glass icon, this is Spotlight. To launch Spotlight you can simply click on this icon or you can also use: Command + Spacebar to launch the program.

Once you begin to type a word in Spotlight it will automatically begin to search. The great thing about Spotlight is that it searches your entire computer, including files, contacts, e-mail messages, music and more. Most users know that Spotlight is a great tool for searching their computer for files. There are numerous other uses for spotlight and today I’ll share just a few.

Contact Searching:

Type in the name of the person you are looking for and click on their name to open up the AddressBook.

Calculator:

Need to figure out a simple math problem. Simply type in your math equation into Spotlight and it will quickly give you an answer.

 

Dictionary:

Wondering what the definition of a word is? Type it and get a definition before you even have time to find your old copy of Webster.

There are many other ways to use Spotlight, these are the top 3 ways I use Spotlight in addition to searching for a file or program.

 

* This tutorial is using OSX 10.5.0 and higher

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