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Using Spotlight    
Spotlight is a great to quickly find something on your computer, whether it’s an application, file or folder. This blue round circle with a magnifying glass is spotlight. Just click on the icon to start a search. For example, lets say I want to open the application garage band, which isn’t currently on my dock, instead of opening a new finder window and looking for it in the applications folder, I can simply begin typing in garage and you’ll notice that the computer has already found it. Now I can just simply click on garageband right here to open the application. It’s that easy! You can search for anything on your computer, it’s really up to you. To set the preferences for what spotlight indexes for your search, simply open up your system preferences and click on spotlight. Here you can select or deselect what you want to be available for you spotlight searches. If you click here on the privacy tab, you can add folders that you do not want spotlight to make available for searches. Here in the system preferences you can also choose the keyboard shortcut that you want to use to activate spotlight. For example, if I want to get to the spotlight menu, I’ll push the apple and space bar keys on my keyboard. If I want spotlight to open up in a window, I’ll push the option, apple and space bar keys, like this and there you have a spotlight window. If you get in the habit of using the shortcuts, you’ll be able to fully utilize spotlight to help you find what you’re looking for more quickly.
 
 
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