Add Spotlight comments on files without going into "Get Info"

While teaching Support Essentials 10.8 today, which is part of the ACTC certification, I was asked how you could append the Spotlight comments on multiple files/folders without having to go into “Get Info” (⌘I) for each one separately.
The simple answer is, Automator. Here’s how to do it.
Launch Automator, choose Application from the document type.

launch automator


  1. In the search field type spot which will give you the two spotlight actions.
  2. Drag the Spotlight action to the empty workflow
  3. Enter the text you want to add to the Spotlight comments
  4. Save the Application.
  5. Drag and drop files to your new app and it will append the comments field.