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Get The Most From Mac Spotlight

Monday, June 12th, 2017 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized

Most of us use the Spotlight search feature on our Macs to either launch applications or to search for a file. However, Spotlight is capable of much more than that and one of the things I use it constantly for, is calculations and conversions.

For the uninitiated, you can launch Spotlight by clicking the magnifying glass in the upper right of the menu bar or by  pressing Command + Spacebar. Once you do that, a small horizontal window will appear before you, waiting patiently for your command. Like a nice little genie!


To get started, invoke Spotlight and start typing in the calculation you want it to do. You could type in 444*53, 500+459-20*3 or even something as complex as Cos(90). It will have the correct answer displayed for you in an instant. No need to open the calculator app anymore, you can do it all in Spotlight itself.

We follow a similar methodology when it comes to conversions. For instance you could type 20lbs to kgs for a weight conversion, 100F to C for a temperature conversion or 100m to in for a distance calculation. You can even go ahead and enter 30$ to pounds and it will get you the current currency conversion rate as long as your Mac is connected to the Internet.

This is a super handy tip and one you will end up using a lot. And I mean, a LOT!

~ Yogesh

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