I find keyboard shortcuts very useful, and whilst I know quite a few of the "general ones", I don't know any concerning using Spotlight with the exception of

Command-SpaceBar to launch it.

What other keyboard shortcuts exist (if any) with regards to using Spotlight (that may make things "lightening fast" when using it) ?

(I'm sure the number of shortcuts available cannot be that extensive - if they exist that is).

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  • ⌘R or ⌘↩ reveals an item in Finder
  • ⌘I shows an information window
  • ⌘Y shows a Quick Look window
  • ⌘D selects a dictionary result
  • ⌘B selects a web search result
  • ⌘K selects a Wikipedia result
  • ⌘T selects the top result
  • ⌘, opens Spotlight preferences
  • Holding command shows a preview popover
  • Holding option and command shows the full path of a file in a preview popover
  • ⌘↓ moves to the next section and ⌘↑ moves to the previous section
  • ⌃↓, end, or page down selects the last item
  • This is life-changing! Mar 17, 2014 at 20:47
  • "Holding command shows a preview popover" Thank you! I always wanted a keyboard shortcut for this and didn't realize there was one.
    – daGUY
    Mar 18, 2014 at 14:18

4 Basic Spotlight Shortcuts

These are the most basic shortcuts to use Spotlight:

Open Spotlight menu – Command+Space

Open Spotlight in the Finder – Command+Option+Space

Clear Spotlight search box – Escape

Close Spotlight menu – Escape twice

7 Spotlight Usage & Navigation Keyboard Shortcuts

These shortcuts are for interacting and navigating within Spotlight search results:

Open first search item – Return

Navigate search results – Arrow Up and Arrow Down

Open to location of first search item in Finder – Command+Return

Get Info on search item – Command+I

Show Quick Look Preview of Spotlight results – Command key or hover with the Mouse cursor (OS X 10.7 and later only)

Show path/location of search result – Command+Option while hovering over search result

Jump categories in search results – Command+Arrow Up or Command+Arrow Down

Take a look at this for more details.


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