How to create good queries in Yosemite’s Spotlight

On the surface, searching with Spotlight is pretty straightforward. In my previous article, I explained how to perform basic searches, and how to access other Spotlight features. But if your search involves multiple terms, or if you need to narrow down your results to dig up a particularly elusive file, knowing how to put together a good search query will pay off.

By mastering a few simple tricks, such as using keywords to limit your search to specific dates, authors, or file types, you can narrow down your search to specific types of data, exclude terms, and more, helping Spotlight to locate exactly what you need.

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4 thoughts on “How to create good queries in Yosemite’s Spotlight

  1. Great article! I really wanted to learn Spotlight’s new tricks, but was very put off by “Spotlight Suggestions” and the fact that it searches the web. Generally, when I use Spotlight to find something, most of time I want to find something on my computer or flash drive, not the web. Plus, I am not realIy a Bing user. I wish there was an option to limit the search to hard drive only or to include the web. (For me, the same goes for spell checking.) I already have great web sites I use to check my writing, spelling and references.

    After reading your tips, I can use Spotlight more effectively!

    • Turn off Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web Searches in the Spotlight preference pane and it will only search your disk(s).

  2. Great article! I really wanted to learn Spotlight’s new tricks, but was very put off by “Spotlight Suggestions” and the fact that it searches the web. Generally, when I use Spotlight to find something, most of time I want to find something on my computer or flash drive, not the web. Plus, I am not realIy a Bing user. I wish there was an option to limit the search to hard drive only or to include the web. (For me, the same goes for spell checking.) I already have great web sites I use to check my writing, spelling and references.

    After reading your tips, I can use Spotlight more effectively!

    • Turn off Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web Searches in the Spotlight preference pane and it will only search your disk(s).

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