Spotlight use to be my one stop shop for typing anything that I needed information about. When it would fail, the result saying "search in web" would come up and that was a really nice fallback when that issue occurred because it generally sent me where I needed to go through Google.

Now, Apple has decided that's not going to be a listed item any more thus forcing me to select all, cut everything I had typed, type safari and launch that, possibly open a new tab and paste the search in there. While I would be proud of that little combo of keyboard shortcuts, the old method was five steps faster so I feel a little foolish needing to do this now.

My question: is there a way to re-enable search the web or a tool somewhere in homebrew or github that will give me that back?

Thanks in advance.


You can use Flashlight Spotight plugin and install Google Search plugin. Then You'll be able to search Google inside Spotlight (just add g as a prefix). When You'll want to see the results in web browser, press ⏎ return. Here's an example: enter image description here

  • Oh my dear sweet lord... – codykochmann Jun 19 '15 at 17:41

When you are searching with Finder, run your search and then click on the Gear menu in the Finder window toolbar. Inside of there, you'll have an option to Search with Google - run it from there and it'll execute your search.

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  • I think I might mean spotlight.. Sorry – codykochmann Jun 15 '15 at 17:17

Under System Preferences, select Spotlight and verify that web search is selected in the Search Results tab.

 > System Preferences... > Spotlight

In Yosemite, this is set to Bing. You can drag the categories to your order preference.

System Preferences Spotlight settings

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