How to search Google directly from Spotlight on MacOS

Believe it or not, there are still people who search for something on Google first manually access to find what they want. Moreover, some people believe that this is the only way to access the websites, completely ignoring the concept of an address.


But fortunately, there are much more convenient shortcuts in MacOS to search for something on Google. Do you think I’m talking about writing what we want to look for in the browser’s address bar?

No, there is another way you might want to know: through Spotlight and regardless of whether we have our favorite browser open or closed.

It’s very easy: Open Spotlight (CMD + Space or click on the magnifying glass icon in the menu bar), type what you want to search in Google and instead of pressing ENTER press CMD + B. Your default browser will open with the Google results from the web for that search.

One detail: this will not work if you have the caps lock on. In addition, you can change Google by another searcher that you want opening Safari and changing the default search engine in your preferences.

Is there something similar in iOS?

Obviously, it’s not a keyboard shortcut, but you can do something similar on iOS by accessing Spotlight (by moving a finger down on the main screen).

There you will be able to search what you want, and underneath the whole, you will have the option of searching it on the internet through the default searcher that you have configured in the device.

Usually, Apple uses Bing as the default search engine, but you can change it to Google without problems. For those looking for maximum privacy, another option available is DuckDuckGo.