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Mac Kung Fu, 2nd Edition by Keir Thomas

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Tip 129Supertip: Get the Most from Spotlight

Spotlight is one the highlight features of OS X and is something I would severely miss if it wasn’t present. Here are some useful tips for getting the most from it.

Opening Spotlight Results in Alternative Apps

Any entry in Spotlight’s list of results can be clicked and dragged onto a Dock icon in order to open it in that particular application. For example, you could drag a word processing document in the list of results onto TextEdit’s Dock icon to stop it from automatically opening in Microsoft Word.

You can also drag and drop files from Spotlight’s list of results to the desktop or to any open Finder window to instantly create a copy. Hold down Option+Command, and you’ll create an alias to the ...

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