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How to use Spotlight search in Mac OS X Lion

Spotlight search can prove to be a very useful tool in Apple's Mac OS Lion, let me show you the basics of how to use it.

 
  Author: mat | Version: Lion (10.7) | 29th February 2012 |  
 
 
1.
 

You will find the Spotlight button in the Mac OS X toolbar.

Click the little magnifying glass icon (see picture).

 
 
2.
 

 Spotlight search bar shows up.

 
 
3.
 

Now let's see how it works.

Let's say we want to open Photo Booth app.

As you enter your search words you get search hits listed instantly.

Entering photo I already got my Photo Booth result and other applications, documents, images, video and other files starting or having included the word photo.

Just click the search hit you want to launch and that's it.

 
 
4.
 

I can't find a picture but I know it's name is starting with "theway"

Just type a beginning of the document, picture or whatever type of a file's name you are looking for and watch the search results.

Click to open when you find it.

 
 
5.
 

If you want to change search result types order, click Spotlight Preferences... at the bottom of the results.

 
 
6.
 

Click and grab the category you want to move and drag it to where you want it.

I want images on a 3rd place, right behind System Preferences so I dragged it there (see picture).

 
 
7.
 

Images are now on the 3rd place of Spotlight search results.

Close the Search Results settings and try some more Spotlight searches.

 
 
 
   
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