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Spotlight Menu: It’s Fast, Easy, and Always There

The Spotlight menu is used for quick searches when you pretty much know what you’re looking for and just want to find it without sifting through thousands of files. Let’s say I need a copy of a hotel bill from a recent trip to Portland to submit for reimbursement. I press Command-Spacebar and the Spotlight menu opens in the top-right corner of my screen. I begin to type in “Portland” to start searching. As soon as I type “P,” possible matches start appearing. As I continue typing, the list of hits gets smaller. By the time I’ve finished typing “Portland,” I am down to 39 hits—still too many. I know I stayed in a Marriott, so I add that to my query. Now I’m down to only four hits, including the one I need. It took me about five seconds to find the one file I need out of the 599,420 files currently on my drive. How amazing is that?

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