Use the ⌘-Spacebar shortcut to bring up Spotlight on a Mac



If you want to use Spotlight to search for something, don’t bother clicking on the magnifying glass at top right. Just press ⌘-Spacebar and Spotlight pops right up. If it doesn’t, go to Apple menu/System Preferences/Spotlight, then Keyboard Shortcuts… and make sure the preferences are set that way. See below:

Spotlight preference pane, showing Keyboard Shortcuts button
Spotlight preference pane, showing Keyboard Shortcuts button
Shortcuts panel of Keyboard preference pane
Shortcuts panel of Keyboard preference pane

Yes, that’s the Keyboard preference pane, so you could have gone there directly, but going to Spotlight’s preferences first means you land in the right place in the Keyboard preferences.

(Thanks, Rick, for pointing out that the preferences might not be set to ⌘-Spacebar.)



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