How to search with Spotlight
We first saw Spotlight appear in OS X 10.4, way back in 2005. Essentially, it was created as a system-wide search – both for filenames and the contents of files. Over time, Spotlight’s abilities have been expanded, most notably when Quick Look made it possible to preview files selected within Spotlight’s results list.
OS X Yosemite brings some major changes to Spotlight, in terms of its functionality and also its visual design. Instead of being a dropdown menu anchored to the menu bar, Spotlight now opens in the middle of the screen, putting its search results front and centre. Additionally – and most importantly – Apple has expanded the scope of what you can search for. Spotlight remains a place for finding content on your Mac, but now it provides the means to search the web, too.
Using the Spotlight System Preferences pane, you can fine-tune Spotlight to your liking. Select the Search Results tab and you’ll see a list of the categories Spotlight can find results for. Use the tickboxes to disable or enable categories according to your preferences, and drag the categories up or down the list to change the order in which they appear in search results. Craig Grannell
Spotlight is still a place for finding content on your Mac, but now on the web, too