Daily tip: Spotlight math

Recently I mentioned that I still use the calculator Dashboard widget. A lot of you responded with, “Why don’t you use Spotlight?” The truth is, I didn’t know Apple’s Spotlight could do math! Sure enough it can. Here’s how:

  • Tap Command-Space to bring up Spotlight (or whatever keyboard shortcut you have assigned to it).
  • Type your math.

That’s it. Basic operations work, like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. But that’s not all. Check it out:


This post is part is one of 31 tech tips I published in March, 2013You’ll find the rest here.