Use Spotlight Search in OS X Yosemite – How to

Rafia Shaikh

Apple introduced quite a few new features in OS X Yosemite while making improvements in others. Spotlight in OS X Yosemite is a completely redone feature introducing a new design with more capabilities and features. This guide will help you use Spotlight in OS X Yosemite.

Use Spotlight in OS X Yosemite:

The new Spotlight in OS X Yosemite brings in some new features like unit conversion and place suggestions. Spotlight search brings you a ton of content types. These content types include applications, files, folders, messages, definitions, places, and much more. To open Spotlight in OS X Yosemite,

  • Click the search icon at the top right of the screen; or
  • Press + Space.

When the Spotlight search bar appears, type in your query and Spotlight will fetch some of the most relevant results based on your query. Search results in Spotlight also include a preview in the right side panel for the files, messages, mails, and any other file types.Spotlight in OS X Yosemite

If you intend to customize what types of content should Spotlight search for,

  • Go to System Preferences Spotlight
  • Uncheck the types you don't want Spotlight to show or change their priority by working around the order.use Spotlight search in os x yosemite

Using Spotlight in OS X Yosemite is pretty straightforward. The feature gives you the handle by allowing you block or prioritize any content type easing the searching experience a little further.

- Relevant OS X Yosemite guides and updates:

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