Spotlight shortcut won't work

Discussion in 'macOS' started by larsting, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. larsting macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2009

    I'm new here and quite new to mac as well.

    Until now I've used the shortcut for spotlight (ctrl-spacebar) a lot. But suddenly it doesn't function any more. When I go to the preferences and hint the spotlight-icon, nothing happens. If I click it again, it opens, but with the shortcut selections in the bottom erased.

    I have a Intel Leopard 10.5.6 MacBook.

    Can anyone help?


  2. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I assume you were confused when you said CTRL+Spacebar - you mean CMD+Spacebar?
  3. larsting thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2009
    Well - you can assign either CTRL+Spacebar or CMD+Spacebar to do the job. :) The problem is, that none of them functions in my OSX...
  4. TJJ macrumors newbie


    Jan 26, 2005
    Bern, CH
    Fixed yet?

    Did you get to fix the problem?

    Same for me: assigned shortcut doesn't work, if i click on "Spotlight" in preferences it says "loading" (but it doesn't), I have to click it twice...

    Also: Spotlight doesn't "find" applications (activated in preferences).

    Brand new MacBook Pro 15", up to date...

    Any ideas?
  5. marvin*1*2 macrumors member


    Jun 19, 2007
    same problem

    i have the same problem...
    every once in a while, pressing cmd-spacebar does not invoke spotlight search anymore.
    only after going into sys-preferences - keyboard shortcuts to reset the shortcut for spotlight (cmd-spacebar) again, it works for another while...

    also, pressing the spotlight icon in sys-prefs also doesn't work anymore unless I go someplace else first in the sys-prefs.

    I have a feeling this problem appears since 10.5.6 ... :confused:
  6. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2006

    Same problem here and it started very recently. I get the error alert sound when I hit CMD space and when I go to spotlight preferences, the shortcut area is blank and even if I select CMD space it'll go blank the next time I open it up.

    What's goin on guys?
  7. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2006
    fixed it

    did a software update and it did the trick. I'm guessing it was updating to 10.5.7
  8. RawFisher macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2009
    Called apple and got it solved...

    Hi Everyone. Yesterday I got my new MacBook Pro (YEEHHAAA), migrated all mi data and checked my essential files via Spotlight, for which I used the shortcut Command+Spacebar.

    Then, I did the updates... since it was brand new it took a bit to download all the new thingies needed. I guess it updated to 10.5.7.

    After the update my Spotlight shortcut stopped working. It wouldn't work if I went to Preferences and hit Spotlight, here it would "Load" forever, until I clicked spotlight again. Then I'd assign a shortcut, but as soon as preferences were closed it disappeared.

    So I called apple and after a few automated questions someone picked up; I told him the issue; he put me on hold for a couple minutes and came back with the solution.

    Apparently a recent update (10.5.7?) resets the Keyboard shortcuts. So, go to Preferences/KeyBoard & Mouse, Scroll down to Spotlight; it should be unchecked. Well, check it... sit back, and enjoy the ride. :)

  9. we-design macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2009
    Solution for the Spotlight Shortcut thing

    Hi there, I've had exactly the same problem. But now i found a solution that seem to work!

    - After klicking the Spotlight Menu-Item twice (once<- it doesn't apear), I disabled the two Spotlight Shortcut Checkbox's and returned to the sys-pref. then I was able to get back into the Spotlightmenu by single-clikcing (YEAH). Well, all changes I made in the menu were saved (the disabled boxes), so I re-activated them and set the Spotlight shortcut back to "CMD-Spacebar". After returning back to the Sys-Pref. the Spotlight Shortcuts were working again!
    (and till does :D)

    Good Luck, Tobi

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