Do you know the way (system pref., additional app etc.) to enable Date calculator inside Spotlight app? I'm using regular calculator a lot but I would like to have there an option to add one time duration to another like: '30m + 20m' or '0:30 + 0:20' and get from spotlight 50m or 0:50.

Basically format of time doesn't matter, I'm asking about functionality.

Thanks in advance.

  • 30min + 30min gave me 60 minutes. 30 sec + 20 sec and 30sec + 20sec also work, giving me 50 seconds. macOS Ventura 13.4
    – Aeronautix
    Commented Aug 18, 2023 at 10:44

2 Answers 2


I couldn't find a way to do it in Spotlight, but if you use Alfred app, you can add the behavior with Workflows. I found this Workflow helpful, https://github.com/LeEnno/alfred-date-calculator.


In macOS Ventura 13.5 the following time calculation syntax works:

Entering 2h+3h20m-2h in Spotlight returns "3 hours 20 minutes"

EDIT: For whatever reason, it appears that "m" can only be used once, e.g. 2h3m + 5h20m + 1h1m will not work. However, "min" can be used multiple times, e.g. 2h3m + 5h20min + 1h1min.

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