Here’s the problem. It’s still Spotlight, pig-like functionality with lipstick. If you really want to get more from Spotlight then leave it alone and use Flashlight instead. Think of Flashlight as a turbo supercharger for Spotlight. It works the same way but with better results.
Free Spotlight Supercharger
From a Spotlight-like interface simply type what you want. Weather? Search? Open an app? Send a text message? Whatever the query, Flashlight is faster and more accurate than Spotlight, but for a good reason.
Flashlight itself is an open platform for Spotlight on OS X, a free utility which lets app developers create plugins that extend Spotlight.
Think faster and with more accurate responses.
The claim to fame with Flashlight is the dozens and dozens of useful, function specific plugins that enable it to do more and do better what Spotlight does. And it does with simple, typewritten commands in everyday language. More than 160 in all.
In a sense, Flashlight is the love child of a ménage à trois between Spotlight, Alfred, and LaunchBar. Use it to start a phone call or text message, or to email an image or attachment to someone, search Wikipedia (or dozens of other sites like DuckDuckGo, Twitter, Flickr, using natural language queries or commands.
Flashlight is for Mac power users, or for those Mac users who want more capability, more efficiency, and are not afraid of using the keyboard. Flashlight, like Spotlight and other power user tools, including Alfred and LaunchBar, are keyboard centric.
Use Spotlight to add a reminder or calendar event faster than you can stop what you’re doing, open Calendar or Reminders and add something. The only unfortunate aspect of using Flashlight is the need to change your mindset. Type in what you want and be specific.
For example, “Calendar event, dentists, Thursday at 2:00 PM”
Or, “Weather, San Francisco.” Or, “Remind me to buy potato chips tomorrow.”
Someday we’ll have Siri on the Mac to perform such tasks, and I would expect to see both Spotlight and Flashlight adapt to Siri’s presence in OS X. For now, you’re stuck with your keyboard.