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nadodave Level 1 Level 1

I just installed Lion yesterday and have had a few problems.  This is one.  In the past, hovering over an item found by Spotlight would reveal the path.  This no longer seems to work.  Instead, a pop up box gives some info about the file, but not the location!  Help?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • Edward Henninger Level 1 Level 1



    Sorry I can't help on this one but just wanted to climb on board here as another Lion user who is experiencing the same problem: popup box with details about the file...but no file path. Hoping someone out there can help with this one!

  • coocooforcocoapuffs Level 3 Level 3

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    I don't remember ever seeing it, but now we have some wild popouts! I guess they want us to go to finder now?

  • ragnu Level 1 Level 1

    Just press and hold down alt + cmd.  You'll see the path below the popup.

  • dwb Level 7 Level 7

    Good catch!

  • snowyogi Level 1 Level 1

    Is there a way to set the plist preferences so that it just shows up. I  want to have it always show up with the quick look. It is stupid they took away this functionality.


    I frequently have multiple versions of files with different paths.

  • billinrio Level 1 Level 1

    Excellent tip ragnu!

  • zed1111 Level 1 Level 1

    Once you hover over the  spotlight item just press command and hold it for a second or two it will give you the file name and swith then to the path of the item. Kinda stupid, that you need tpo press another button and then wait.

  • gfisch Level 1 Level 1

    Ok, I just learned that with Mac OS Lion the functionality of Spotlight has changed. If you want to see the path of the file you where searching for you have to …

    Just press and hold down alt + cmd.  You'll see the path below the popup.


    But how do I reveal that file in the finder? Just found out myself. You press and hold down alt - cmd and release the mouse. The finder window opens.

  • android334 Level 1 Level 1

    When you type something in Spotlight, the very first link says 'Show All in Finder'. Should bring up a window like below. You can then select a file and the file path will show at the bottom bar.

    Screen Shot 2011-09-08 at 2.29.54 PM.png



    Note the bar at the bottom.

  • Alexander Thomas1 Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks a lot for clarifying this, ragnu! Having to wait four seconds every time I wanted to see a file's path was about to drive me mad.

  • FN Level 1 Level 1

    No more path shown in spotlight. Yet another disappointment with Lion. I guess up there they don't understand that one doesn't necessarily just look for a file to see what's in it, but one may also want to *quickly* find *where* it is. Sigh.

  • billinrio Level 1 Level 1

    Before you lament "another disappointment" with Lion, read the discussion above. There you will discover that it is easy to see the file path in Spotlight.

  • FN Level 1 Level 1

    Indeed there are ways to find the path information, but it needs an additional action other than mouse-over. The issue could be solved if one was able to enable showing the path by default below the popup.

  • gharding Level 1 Level 1

    Alt-Command works for the path, but why not just show the path in the new pop-up without us having to take the extra step? It's really unobtrusive with the light text. this would save a step. I have so many files, and use Spotlight a great deal, so this would save me time. thank you. I like that you can get a quick view of certain types of files in Spotlight now. That's nice.

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