Tag Archive: Spotlight


Spotlight Search Results Blank, or Spotlight Not Working in iOS 8? Here’s a Really Silly Temporary Fix

Spotlight gained many new features and improvements with the latest version of iOS, but along with those changes came a curious bug that seems to randomly prevent Spotlight from working at all on an iPhone or iPad with empty search results. The situation is difficult to reliably reproduce since it does appear to be completely … Read More

Keep OS X Yosemite from sending Spotlight data to Apple

OS X Yosemite has changed the way your Mac deals with your privacy. On the one hand, Apple has decided to enable hard drive encryption by default, despite the FBI requests not to. On the other hand, every time you…Read more ›

‘Scarf guy’ steals the spotlight at Apple event, but who is he?

The Apple Watch and iPhone 6 event yesterday in Cupertino may have been Apple’s most fashion-forward event ever. In addition to the usual schlubby tech journalists, there was Vogue editrix Anna Wintour leading a pack of fashionable scribes into the…Read more ›

Find Files with Date Specific Searches in Spotlight for Mac OS X

Being able to quickly access recent work files on a Mac is an obvious productivity booster, but what if you need to find files created or modified on a very specific date? There are a few ways to do this, but one of the fastest tricks is using date search operators in the Spotlight search … Read More

Spotlight Potential: See The Full File Path Of Found Documents [OS X Tips]

Spotlight is crazy useful to find stuff on your Mac. Just hit Command-Space on your keyboard and type in the name of files, words from in text files, the kind of document you want, or even the date when you…Read more ›

Spring Cleaning: Use Spotlight To Find Huge Files [OS X Tips]

I’m kind of a stickler for a clean hard drive, especially since I started using Macbook Airs a few years back, what with their tiny little SSD units. I’ve moved most of my music to the Cloud and my iPhoto…Read more ›

Make Spotlight Sing: Use Dates To Search Your Files [OS X Tips]

You know what I miss? Those pre-defined search items that used to hang out over in the Finder sidebar window. You know, the ones that said, “Files Created Today” or “Yesterday” or what have you. They were super handy. Turns…Read more ›    [Read More…]

How To Use Spotlight Search As A Calculator [OS X Tips]

When I’m sitting at my Mac and need to do a quick bit of calculation, I typically launch the Calculator app with my app launcher of choice, Alfred. If you don’t want to launch the app, click on the numbers,…Read more ›    [Read More…]

iOS 7 Basics – How To Use Spotlight To Search Your iPhone [iOS Tips]

You can hit Command-F to find anything on your Mac, or you can hit Command-Space to invoke Spotlight, which took over for Sherlock as the built-in searching system many moons ago. In Windows 8, you can use the Search “charm.”…Read more ›    [Read More…]

See a List of All Apps Installed on an iPhone / iPad with Spotlight

Get an Application list in iOS Spotlight

It’s easy to wind up with a lot of apps installed on our iPhones and iPads, and if you’ve ever wanted to see every single app on an iOS device you have probably noticed there isn’t any obvious way to do so without connecting to iTunes or looking at the Storage Usage list in Settings. Well, obvious is the operative word there, because it turns  [Read More…]