Use Spotlight on your Mac

With Spotlight, you can find apps, documents and other files on your Mac. And with Spotlight Suggestions, you can also get news, sports, movies, weather and more.

Search with Spotlight

  1. Click  in the top right-hand corner of the menu bar, or press Command-Space bar.
    Spotlight icon in Menu bar
  2. Enter what you want to find. You can search for something like “Apple Store” or “emails from emily”.Maps search in Spotlight
  3. To open an item from the results list, double-click the item. Or to quickly look through the results, use the Up Arrow and Down Arrow keys. 

Search by file type or location

  • To search by file type, use the word “kind” and the file type. For example, type “kind:folders” or “kind:audio”. 
  • To show the location of a file on your Mac, choose the file from the results list, then press and hold Command. The file’s location appears at the bottom of the preview. To open the file’s location, press Command-R.
  • To see all the results from your Mac in the Finder, scroll to the bottom of the results list, then double-click “Show all in Finder”.

File type search

Get definitions, calculations and conversions

Spotlight can show you dictionary definitions, calculations, measurement conversions and more. Find out more ways to search with Spotlight.

Here are examples of what you can do:

  • To get a definition, enter a word or phrase, then click the result in the Definition section.
  • To get a calculation, enter something like “2+2” in the search field.
  • To convert measurements, enter something like 25 lbs or “32 ft to metres”.

Definition lookup in Spotlight

Find movie showtimes, weather and nearby places

You can use Spotlight to search for movie showtimes, weather and places near you. 

Here are examples of what you can do:

  • To get showtimes, enter the name of the movie that you want to see. To see what's playing near you, enter “showtimes”.
  • To get local weather information, enter “weather”.
  • To find restaurants near you, enter something like “places to eat,” then click a result in the Maps section.

Spotlight features may vary by country or region.

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