When I open Spotlight and type something in, I can search that query using command-B shortcut (i.e. when I type something into Spotlight and press command-B, my search query is sent to the default search engine of the Safari). There is a small quirk however. If Safari app is opened, Spotlight window stays on and I have to close it down manually (two escape keys). However, if Safari app is completely closed, Spotlight window closes automatically.

Here's two screenshots to show visually what I mean:

Spotlight -> type "example" in -> press command-B (prior to doing this, Safari was completely closed i.e. it was quit).

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Spotlight -> type "example" in -> press command-B (prior to doing this, Safari was opened)

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My question is the following - is this the standard behaviour or I have bug/misconfiguration on my Mac? My OS is 10.12.6.

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I'm running 10.12.6, too, and it works the same way for me.

If I follow the exact same steps as you described, I get the same results that you get. I'm assuming this is normal behavior.

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    Same here as well. Didn't know about the command+B at all, so this is a great addition to the workflow! :) Jul 30, 2017 at 23:29
  • This answers my question but wanted to add a small nuance that clarifies this behaviour: if the focus is not on Safari.app, the Spotlight window will automatically hide. If the focus is on Safari.app, the Spotlight window will remain open despite opening a new tab. Practically speaking, I found so far only one real world example of this - if you close every tab and every window of Safari but the focus will remain on the app (top bar will read "Safari"), Spotlight window will not automatically hide. Aug 1, 2017 at 13:11

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