Launching & Using Spyglass

After you've successfully installed Spyglass, launch the application from where you normally find newly installed applications.

If the app has been successfully launched, you'll see a little menubar icon like the following:

Menubar icon & menu

On Windows, this will appear as a colorful spyglass icon in your system tray (bottom right).

On Ubuntu Linux, this will appear as a color spyglass icon in the top right.

Once launched, press Cmd (Ctrl) + Shift + / to open Spyglass. This hotkey can be configured in your settings.

If for some reason this hotkey is not working, you can launch the search bar directly with the Show search menu item.

Finding & Applying a lens

Queries prefixed with / will search through your installed lenses. Select the lens you want to search through and hit Enter to apply it to your current search.

Selecting and Opening a Result

As you're searching, use the arrow keys to select the result you want and hitEnter to open the link in your default browser.

Viewing crawler status & forcing a recrawl

Open the crawl status window by going into the system tray menu and clicking on the Show crawl status option. This will open a window like below:

Crawler status window

The crawl status window will show the status of all URLs that has been seen by the system, group by their domain.

Note: The status does not auto-update, click on the refresh icon in the right corner to refresh the status.

  • Queued - Indicates a URL that is waiting to be crawled.
  • Processing - Currently being crawled.
  • Completed - Indicates a URL that has been crawled.
  • Indexed - Indicates a URL that has ultimately been indexed.

Completed vs Indexed

Often times the number of indexed documents may not match the number of completed. This does not necessarily mean something has gone wrong. Completed indicates unique URLs that have been crawled, but this does not always mean that it will be indexed.

For example, https://en.wikipedia.org & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page would refer to two separate URLs but ultimately only represent a single indexed document since they point to the same place.