Turn Spotlight into an Application Launcher Only in Mac OS X
You can easily turn OS X’s wonderful Spotlight search engine into only an application launcher by adjusting the Spotlight search settings that are found within System Preferences.
- Launch System Preferences from the Apple menu
- Click the Spotlight icon
- Uncheck every item except for “Applications” and “System Preferences”
- Close System Preferences
Summon Spotlight as usual with Command+Spacebar.
Now your Spotlight menu will only return Application and System Preference results when a search is made, making for a very quick and completely integrated application launcher. Of course, you can use Spotlight as an application launcher even with the other search category items selected, but your search results will be a bit more cluttered.