Productivity hack: never lose an app again

If you are an iPhone user, one of the single best productivity hacks I can give you is to use Spotlight to find and launch apps.

Time and again I see people looking for an app on their iPhone by scrolling through windows of apps until they find the one they are looking for.  By using Spotlight you can avoid this laborious search and it also works on any iPhone, no matter how the apps are organised.

To use Spotlight on the latest version of IOS, simply pull down from the middle of the home screen, then start typing the name of the app.  Spotlight sorts the search results by the most used app, so chances are you’ll only need to type in one or two letters before it finds the app you are looking for.   Once you can see the app you want, just select it to launch.

Using Spotlight on IOS to quickly search for the Gmail app.

Spotlight also works in a similar way on MacOS on on your laptop or desktop with a simple keystroke.  From anywhere, in any application, simply press the command key + space bar at the same time, then start typing the name of the app you want to launch, then select enter on the chosen app to open it.  If the app is already open, then this will bring that window to the front.

Using Spotlight on MacOS to quickly search for the Gmail app.

If you are a Windows 10 user, then the built-in Windows search also offers a similar time-saving shortcut.  To use it, press the Windows key + S, then start typing the app you want to start.  Press up or down arrow if you can see the app you want to launch, and press enter.

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