If I type '1 pint' into Spotlight, I am told that this is equivalent to 0.47l. This is true for US units, but I am in the UK, where a pint is 0.57l. Many other imperial units, such as the gallon, are different in the UK, so this isn't a problem exclusively with pints.

I frequently make quick conversions using Spotlight for cooking and brewing, but have only recently realised that the system is set to use US unit measurements.

As far as I know, all my regional settings are set to UK, but I must have missed something somewhere. How do I tell Spotlight to use British measurements?

  • Have you put gallon or imperial gallon? An imperial gallon is the English version... – Solar Mike Mar 31 at 21:31
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    I'd call that a bug. a) you shouldn't have to type 'imperial' for it to understand what units you would naturally use in the UK & b) that doesn't work anyway – Tetsujin Apr 1 at 7:51
  • It may be that as gallon is no longer the correct unit in the UK - went metric a while ago but some people are slower than others... - it is the litre, then gallon automatically defaults to US units... – Solar Mike Apr 2 at 5:12
  • The reality is that the UK still uses the imperial system for many things. Pints are still used for drinks (I am a brewer), and there is little sign of this changing. I believe the situation is not dissimilar in Canada. I'd be surprised if Apple wasn't aware of this – surely there is a setting somewhere to use regional measurements? – CaptainProg Apr 2 at 9:54

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