I installed and removed Quicksilver and since that time the keyboard shortcut for Spotlight has not been working. I mean when I press cmd + space it should open spotlight search bar. I've been into Keyboard Settings > Shortcuts > Spotlight and it is correctly set to cmd + space. I've tried changing it to another setting and then back and also by pressing the 'Restore Defaults' button on the page but nothing has helped.

I can access the spotlight search if I mouse click the magnifying glass in the menu bar so I know the spotlight search feature is still there and working. But pressing cmd + space right now does nothing.

How can I get the shortcut working again? Maybe there's something I can type in the terminal that could help?

  • Does it still show as enabled in System Prefs > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Spotlight ?
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jul 16, 2016 at 13:53
  • Sorry for the delay, just coming back to this now (have been putting up with it recently). Yes it still shows as enabled.
    – Evolve
    Commented Aug 29, 2016 at 8:46
  • Update: I never did get this working. I installed Alfred and have used its features as a stand in ever since. It's been almost 4 years.
    – Evolve
    Commented Mar 25, 2020 at 5:41


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