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I often end up going down to the "Show all in Finder" option to get a finder window of results that I can then filter further or order by name/date/type etc. spotlight instruction screenshot


As long as you are running OSX 10.10 or older, you can use Flashlight to better dictate what functions you want spotlight to do.


I'm not sure why this wasn't mentioned on here, but I had a locked up Spotlight menu/search box was able to solve the problem by killing the Spotlight process using the Activity monitor. None of the other actions mentioned in other answers worked. This was on OS X El Capitan.

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