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Search from the Spotlight Menu > Basic Spotlight Menu Searches

Basic Spotlight Menu Searches

A Spotlight menu search is one of those terrific Mac OS X features that is extremely simple in its basics and yet can perform sophisticated feats when you know its details.

To start a search:

1.Open the Spotlight menu with Command-Space (see Set the Keyboard Shortcuts) or by clicking the Spotlight droppedImage.png icon in the menu bar.

2.Type what you’re looking for. Spotlight starts listing hits before you even finish typing (Figure 9).

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Figure 9: The Top Hit is automatically selected; press Return to open it.

3.Pick the item you want from the results list.

You can open an item with a click or the keyboard (use the Up and Down arrow keys to move in the menu, and then hit Return to open the item).

Not just for opening: You can do more than simply open an item in the list—you can, for instance jump to it in the Finder, get info on it, or even drag it off the menu and into the Finder or a document. See


  

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