Could someone test something in Spotlight really quickly for me?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by iRockMan1, Oct 2, 2015.

  1. iRockMan1 macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2008
    Nashville, Tn
    If you have a machine with an OS X version earlier than El Capitan, when you trigger Spotlight with command+space, release space and type a character while still holding command, does the character type into Spotlight?

    It's been eating my first character often since upgrading to El Capitan and I suspect that may be why.
  2. Cergman macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2013
    my tesla
    I just tried it out for you and it seems that when I hold command in spotlight, no character gets typed and it just plays that angry funk noise at me. If you're having troubles with spotlight or want something more powerful, I would HIGHLY recommend you spend some time with Alfred. It is the simplest, most powerful application on the planet. I love it and probably use it 100x a day. Changed its shortcut to command space to completely get rid of Spotlight. I don't even use the dock anymore.
  3. rdmarsh macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2015
    I'm seeing this too. I think it jumps back to the start of the line.

    FYI, Mac mini (Late 2014), 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5, Logitech k750 KB using unifying receiver shared with Logitech M570. Links: ( and (
  4. Stacc macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2005
    I have been having this problem in El Capitan too. It seems to happen when I haven't used spotlight for more than 5 minutes or so. One character gets typed and then the cursor is reset to the front of the spotlight box. If typed quickly, its like it is skipping the first letter of the search. This is really annoying as someone who uses spotlight like quicksilver/butler.
  5. rdmarsh macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2015
    I haven't seen this "jump back" spotlight behaviour on my MacBook Pro, only on the MacMini with wireless logitech KB.

    I'll try swapping KBs on the mini, and also the logitech on the MacBook Pro to see if I can find a common factor.
  6. iRockMan1 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2008
    Nashville, Tn
    Ah yeah, this seems to be the case.

    It's happening for me using the wired Apple keyboard with my iMac, so my best guess is that it's not hardware related.
  7. dmarnel macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2008
    I'm experiencing the exact same thing, and it's very annoying. Not sure how something like this slips past QA.
  8. rdmarsh macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2015
    Just an update; On the mac mini I've swapped my Logitech k750 for Logitech k811 (bluetooth). Issue still happens. (I still have the universal wireless dongle attached for my trackball)

    Have also seen the "jumpback" behaviour happen on my macbook pro, but not as often.
  9. elbowses macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2014
    It seems there are two distinct problems here. The first is fairly trivial: if you hit the first letter while command is still pressed, it doesn't go to the spotlight window. That's not ideal, but it makes sense, and I don't know that there's anything to be done about it.

    The other problem seems like a real bug: the first letter actually does get typed, you see it appear, but then it disappears very quickly. I find this extremely annoying -- its intermittency being lulling me into not pausing, then getting irrelevant results. One more item on the list of things pushing me to switch back to ubuntu.

    Does anybody else experiencing this use Karabiner or any similar program that modifies the keyboard behavior?

    Is there anywhere Mac accepts bug reports like this?
  10. bcave098 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2015
    Northern British Columbia

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