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10.7: Copy files from the Spotlight menu System 10.7
I noticed the other day that if you do a Spotlight search, then select an item by moving the up- or down-arrow keys, you can then copy that item and paste it into the Finder. This works not only for files and folders, but also for contacts (it pastes a vcard), e-mail messages (it pastes an .emlx file), though it doesn't work for web pages in your History or for chats. Since you can drag files from the Spotlight menu (see this Macworld article), it makes sense that you can also copy them.

I assume that this is 10.7 only, and have not tested on 10.6. Can anyone confirm?
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10.7: Copy files from the Spotlight menu
Authored by: olegpoleg on Apr 05, '12 07:50:25AM

It works in 10.6 as well.

Small bug:
- After entering a search term, I can copy ONE file and paste it to the desktop for example.
- If I click the spotlight icon again and try to copy a second file, it doesn't work
- If I re-enter the same search term, I can copy the second file as well.



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10.6.8 also
Authored by: capvideo on Apr 05, '12 08:22:12AM

Looks like it works in 10.6.8 at least. I tested by pulling down the spotlight menu in the upper right, searching on a document I knew was there, moving the arrow around to highlight it, COMMAND-C, and then clicked on the Finder and COMMAND-V.

One odd thing is that even though the document I copied has been opened many times, when I went to open the copy I pasted onto the Desktop Mac OS X gave me the untrusted file dialogue normally reserved for downloads. Probably because all itís really doing is counting how many times the document has been opened, and the copy hadnít been opened yet.



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10.7: Copy files from the Spotlight menu
Authored by: slb on Apr 05, '12 10:03:21AM

Doesn't work here in 10.7.x.



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10.7: Copy files from the Spotlight menu
Authored by: DCJ001 on Apr 05, '12 10:38:23AM

It works for me in OS X 10.7.3.



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10.7: Copy files from the Spotlight menu
Authored by: ccstone on Apr 10, '12 04:22:42AM
Same here.

Remember too that you can Cmd-Opt-V to move a file you have copied.

-ccs

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Works similarly with calculations
Authored by: troelssj on Apr 05, '12 10:50:14AM

If you enter a calculation in Spotlight, it will do the math and you can copy the result with Command-C.



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Works similarly with calculations
Authored by: palmipode on Apr 06, '12 01:13:47PM

It also works with dictionary



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