Use Spotlight to Search Google and Show Results in Chrome

The use cases are somewhat limited given the Google Chrome app is probably open all the time if you’re like me, but it is possible to use Spotlight to search Google and show the results in Chrome. All you have to do is adjust your Safari preferences appropriately. (If only it were this easy in iOS.)

  1. Open Safari >> Preferences
  2. Make Google Chrome your default web browser
  3. Make Google your default search engine

Now launch Spotlight (Command + Spacebar), type in a search request and select “Search web for….

Safari Preferences

Use Spotlight to do Math

Quick tip for today. If you own a Mac you can do arithmetic in Spotlight. No need to even open Calculator. Spotlight performs a variety of functions too, including:

  • Basics: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  • Powers & Squareroots
  • Sin, Cos, Tan and their inverses (sinh, cosh & tanh)
  • π (Pi)
  • e, ln & log

So next time you need to do some quick math, use Spotlight!

Spotlight Math