really lovin' that spotlight!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by MUCKYFINGERS, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    okay so for the past 6 months or so since i've used my mac i've never really touched spotlight but i've been using it more and more and it's so convienent! i like not having to pry through all my folders for apps/documents, it's so ingeniuous yet very simple at the same time and i can't figure out why it wasn't so esay to use/as publicized in xp as in os x (well xp doesnt have spotlight i know but i mean i thought the search function in xp was similar to spotlight in os x).

    anyone else use spotlight all the time?
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I had to actively work on using it when I first got Tiger but it's natural now, which is very cool.

    I have an equivalent on XP called MSN Search or something and it's okay but it's not nearly as snappy and I don't like the way it displays the files as much. It seems less intuitive. :(
  3. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    I go through phases of spotlighting. When I initially got Tiger, I used it quite a bit - it was a bit of a novelty I guess. Now I don't use it all that often, except for quickly finding uni documents and the like.
  4. uaaerospace macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2005
    I didn't think I used Spotlight that much. However, this weekend I went home from college to my G3 running Panther. Sheesh, I realized just how much I use it. cmd-space doesn't do much for ya in Panther :rolleyes:
  5. MUCKYFINGERS thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    i thinik if you can type faster than you can navigate and use your mouse than spotlight is very very useful but for noobs or people who dont type as speedily i think the good ole' mouse and finder does the trick.
  6. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    I love it. I have hundreds of scientific journal articles in pdf form on my computer for use when writing reports and assignments. With spotlight I can search for exact phrases within the pdf files and have the displayed within an instant. So much easier than having to go through each one with a fine toothcomb to get the information.

    Absolutely brilliant feature of 10.4 and something I really couldn't live without now.
  7. njmac macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    I never realised how much I love and use spotlight until I used a mac without it! I found myself irritated at not being able to instantly find something.
  8. annk Administrator


    Staff Member

    Apr 18, 2004
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    OMG, I had no idea I could search for text in pdf's! I use Spotlight often, but this never occurred to me! What a n00b I am!!! :p
  9. FireArse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2004
    Spoltlight, you rock!

    I bought Tiger having used Panther with my Dual G5. I bought an external FW HDD and installed Panther - and noticed straight away how much I misses the Spotlight function.

    I think that (and the H.264 iChat AV) is the only thing I couldn't live without in Tiger.
  10. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    I use Spotlight only when I lost something, or dont know there the exact file is located, but this happens very rarely.

    However I love this feature!
  11. macOSX-tastic macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2005
    At the Airport. UK
    i use spotlight all the time, its so much more useful that any seach application. it just keeps out of your way when you dont need it.

  12. Erendiox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2004
    Brooklyn NY
    Spotlight is an amazing feature. When I lose something, I can find it in 2 seconds. When i'm feeling lazy, I just type what I want into spotlight and it finds it for me. I also use it when quicksilver crashes.... to relaunch quicksilver. :D
  13. dav macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2004
    I use quicksilver for everything.

    The only time I use spotlight is to reopen quicksilver when it crashes.

  14. sunfast macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2005
    I didn't know the shortcut! I'm using spotlight even more now. And it's great.
  15. p0intblank macrumors 68030

    Sep 20, 2005
    New Jersey
    I probably use Spotlight everyday, mainly for launching apps that I don't want in my Dock (i.e. BitTorrent, Photo Booth, and Disk Utility). I love it. :D
  16. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    meta data my man, meta data :cool:
  17. hrmpf macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2006
    leapard spotlight

    i would love to use spotlight all the time but Apple was a bit half baked i think- their patent applications show show features of Spotlight that didn't make it but would make it soooo much better
    New Spotlight User Interface
    Hierarchical Nested “Smart Folders”
    (More) Human Readable Search Queries
    better metadata creation- OCR, voice recognition, analysis of images etc

    way too much info on the patent applications from

  18. russed macrumors 68000


    Jan 16, 2004
    London, England
    i use it all the time to open applications

    cmd - space

    type it in

    cmd - return to open the top hit

    sooooooooo much quicker than opening finder and i dont need to move my hands from the keyboard!
  19. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816


    Dec 1, 2005
    Well. it`s happened for more than a few ocassions now.
    Needed my car keys and the first reaction was to look in the top right corner to type car keys. But then I came back to senses and realized that I`ll have to get up and look for the keys by myself. Why is there no spotlight in real LIFE. Couldnt find my drivers license last week. And my fingers were urging me to do a cmd+space and type License.
    Dont think I need to say anything else.
  20. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    I use spotlight more than I thought I would when it was first introduced. It makes finding my cartoon files a snap as well as info stored deep in areas that I somehow forget :rolleyes: My GF loves using it to find her class lesson plans (two years worth) either to use as a reference or modify all from a key stroke :D
  21. njmac macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    I wish spotlight came with a feature that would give you results in google-like fashion for words spelled wrong or vague.

    This is how it would work: type in your word, and spotlight opens as usual with results (or no results) then in a tab at the top of the window you could click on it to find a window open saying did you mean to search for____ and give you results.
  22. Heb1228 macrumors 68020


    Feb 3, 2004
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I think the search results need to be returned in a different order. I'm often frustrated when I type in the exact name of a file that I'm looking for... and it returns results that have the same words in the metadata, but ranks those higher than the file whose name i typed. In the spotlight menu, obviously, sometimes the file itself doesn't even show up because of so many other files being ranked above it.

    I think it should automatically prioritize files containing the search terms in the actual name of the file, then list metadata hits lower.
  23. Glenn Wolsey macrumors 65816

    Glenn Wolsey

    Nov 24, 2005
    New Zealand
    I love Spotlight, I couldn't use the computer without it. It had saved me hours and hours of time searching for documents, and opening apps I dont like to have in my dock.

    I agree, it does have its flaws, but hey, this is Spotlight version 1. Bring on Leopard :)
  24. DougTheImpaler macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2006
    Central Illinois
    Time to set the pipe down, I think
  25. Project macrumors 68020

    Aug 6, 2005
    This interface looks FAR better. I love the hierarchical menu with the Projects etc folders there. Very nice.

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