search Safari and locate file paths

Spotlight, that little search bar on our Mac, offers many more features than we can see with the naked eye. Flight locator, mathematical operations, or currency conversion are just a few examples. Today we’ll focus on how to use Spotlight to search Safari from anywhere on the system and how to locate the paths of files we find.

Search in Safari, as easy as a shortcut

When we search for something in Spotlight, the system gives us several results. It can show us documents, contacts, emails, text messages, etc. The results include several from Safari, but sometimes we want to do the search ourselves . For these cases a simple keyboard shortcut is sufficient, the steps are as follows:

  1. We open Spotlight by pressing Command (?) + Space bar.
  2. We enter our search.
  3. We press Command (?) + B
search Safari and locate file paths
search Safari and locate file paths

We’ll automatically see the search engine results page that we have set up in Safari. It might seem that it’s easier to go into Safari and search directly, perhaps for some, while for others the ability to search the internet from any app with a key combination is very useful.

Locate a file or the path to its location

When we’re looking for a particular document, Spotlight can help us find it as quickly as possible. Once we’ve found it, pressing Enter (?) will open the document. Useful most of the time, except when we want to know where the document in question is stored. In these cases we can follow these steps:

  1. We open Spotlight by pressing Command (?) + Space bar.
  2. We enter our search.
  3. We select the file we are interested in.

Once here we can press the Command key (?) and we’ll see the file path appear below its preview on the right of the window. Also, if we press Command (?) + Enter (?) the system will open the folder containing the document with this selected.

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These are just two of the resources that Spotlight offers, the list of key combinations and tricks that we can use with this tool is quite important. Over time, as we get used to the more frequent ones, we’ll be able to be even more efficient and quicker at various tasks where Spotlight is the main core.

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