Spotlight web search functionality

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by yesjam, Oct 18, 2014.

  1. yesjam macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2014
    One thing I particularly dislike about Yosemite is that spotlight searches do not always display the web search option when no other relevant information is found locally. In Mavericks and many iterations of OS X prior, "search google for ___" was always an option when using Spotlight, but in Yosemite, the Bing search functionality only appears on occasion.

    Is there any way I can fix this?
  2. AspectRatio macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2014
    I'm having the same problem. In Mavericks I could use Spotlight to search the web for any string of characters. In Yosemite, the search term has to match something that's already indexed. A big step backward in my opinion. I hope Apple fixes this.

    It's also very inconsistent that you can choose a search engine in Safari prefs, but Spotlight limits you to Bing. It looks like a case of business revenue vs. usability, and business wins.

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