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Spotlight keyboard shortcuts System 10.7
When viewing Spotlight search results, there are a number of shortcuts you can use to quickly perform actions or your search or its results. Simply move your cursor over an item, or use the arrow keys to navigate, to select items.
  • View the search term in Dictionary: Command-D
  • View the search term in a Quick Look "look up" dictionary window: Command-L
  • View the search term in Wikipedia: Command-W
  • Perform a web search for the search term: Command-B
  • View a selected result in a Quick Look window: hover cursor over an item
  • Reveal selected result in Finder: Command-R
  • Open the Top Result: Command-T
  • Open a selected result: Command-O, or Enter, or Return
  • Display a Finder Info window for a result: Command-I
[kirkmc adds: Any others? I listed this as 10.7, but I'm not sure they all work in Lion; I know some of them do.]
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Spotlight keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: richwiss on Oct 15, '12 09:08:21AM

FYI: command-W doesn't do anything for me in 10.8.2.



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Authored by: TGV on Oct 15, '12 10:01:51PM

Same here.



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Authored by: omz on Oct 15, '12 11:51:19AM

Command+W doesn't work for me either on 10.8.2.

Instead of Command+R, you can also use Command+Return to reveal the selected item in the Finder.



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Authored by: FG on Oct 15, '12 12:40:01PM

You can also view the selected item in Finder with shortcut command-enter.



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Authored by: OrlandoNabby on Oct 15, '12 01:36:28PM

My favorite is the one just to launch it. Command+SpaceBar. I never knew it existed as a shortcut. I didn't use Spotlight much at all until someone told me the shortcut.



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Authored by: cuban321 on Oct 15, '12 02:18:14PM

Holding down command while hovering over a result gives you a path and some context to the search result.



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Authored by: lar3ry on Oct 15, '12 04:54:55PM

Cmd-B for web search? B as in Bing?

Interesting...



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Authored by: Lri on Oct 15, '12 10:14:42PM

Some applications use ⌘B for opening items in a browser.

⌘Y or holding command also shows a Quick Look popover. ⌘, opens Spotlight preferences.



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Authored by: Foxhoyle on Oct 15, '12 08:26:43PM

Command - Enter opens the containing folder of the result in the Finder. Very handy

(This is identical to Command-R)

Edited on Oct 15, '12 08:27:14PM by Foxhoyle



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Authored by: robleach on Oct 16, '12 10:01:23AM

Command-option while hovering over a result shows the path of where the item is. This used to be shown by default, but was removed in 10.7. And the path shown isn't absolute.



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Authored by: orcus on Oct 17, '12 07:48:23AM

Hm none of these seem to work for me under 10.7.5.

One handy clarification to an above comment:

If you invoke Spotlight in the corner, and then choose from the results list using arrows or mouse, the highlighted item will show the following data (in the little quicklook-style pop-up window) with the below key presses:

command -> show the file name
command long press -> cycle between the file name and the file path
option-comband -> show file path

note that if you have, for instance, a spreadsheet selected, instead of the name, it might show a brief 'contents' snippet. Or if a calendar event is selected, it will show the name, but not a location.



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Authored by: rorschach on Oct 24, '12 09:21:32PM

Command-W doesn't work for Wikipedia in 10.8.2, but Command-K does.



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Authored by: drumrobot on Oct 27, '12 02:06:43PM

Wow, that's awkward. I didn't realize that this had been posted (was expecting email notification or something) and had assumed that it was rejected, so I didn't think to correct this.
As many have noted, CMD-W is not the Wikipedia shortcut; CMD-K is (I've actually been using it a lot). I apologize for any confusion. Feel free to update the post with the correction.



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