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Hide Anything from Spotlight in Mac OS X with the Library Folder

Jul 21, 2012 - 7 Comments
Hide anything from Spotlight with the Library Folder

Though you can add anything to Spotlights Privacy list to prevent indexing of that folder or file, the obvious problem with that approach is the file or folder is shown within the Spotlight control panel in Mac OS X, making it easy for someone else to find the excluded items. Another way to hide a … Read More

Get Quick Dictionary Definitions From Anywhere in Mac OS X with Spotlight

May 14, 2012 - 5 Comments
Instant dictionary from Spotlight in Mac OS X

While you can immediately access a dictionary definition by three-finger tapping on a single word in Mac OS X or double-tapping in iOS, the Mac also provides another instant dictionary option: Spotlight. Yup, the good old Spotlight desktop file search also doubles as a full fledged dictionary access point, this is perfect for when you … Read More

Preview & Watch Videos Directly in Spotlight

Apr 13, 2012 - Leave a Comment
Watch or Preview Video and Movies in Spotlight

From Mac OS X Lion and onward, videos and movie files can be previewed and played directly in the Spotlight search results menu. To try this out for yourself: Hit Command+Space and search for a movie or video file Hover over the video search result until the thumbnail preview pops up to the left Hover … Read More

Drag & Drop from Spotlight in Mac OS X

Apr 6, 2012 - 8 Comments
Drag and drop from Spotlight

You can drag and drop files directly from Spotlight to elsewhere in the OS X Finder. To try it out, use Command+Space to search for something, then click and hold on the item while dragging it out of the Spotlight menu. Default behavior moves the file from it’s source location to the new destination, but … Read More

11 Must-Know Spotlight Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac

Mar 9, 2012 - 17 Comments
Spotlight icon

Spotlight is Mac OS X’s powerful built-in search engine. Not only will it find just about any file or folder buried on your file system or attached drives, but it also doubles as a fantastically quick application launcher, dictionary lookup tool, and so much more. If you aren’t using Spotlight on a regular basis yet … Read More

Reindex Spotlight from the Command Line

Feb 2, 2012 - 8 Comments
Spotlight

Spotlight is generally very good at keeping a valid index of a drives contents up to date, but if you’ve recently restored a drive or had to delete the Spotlight index for one reason or another, you may need to reindex the drive manually. This is easy from the Spotlight control panel, and can also … Read More

Stop Spotlight from Indexing Time Machine Backup Volumes & External Drives

Jan 24, 2012 - 7 Comments
Stop Spotlight from Indexing Time Machine Drives

The default behavior for Spotlight is to start indexing any drive as soon as it’s connected to a Mac, a task that can take a very long time with larger volumes. The problem is that for larger external backup drives and Time Machine volumes, you don’t necessarily want it indexed by Spotlight. This is particularly … Read More

Rebuild the Spotlight Index

Jan 17, 2012 - 19 Comments
Rebuild the Spotlight Index

Do you need to rebuild the entire Spotlight index on a Mac? It’s easy to do, but can take a while. Here’s how to start the reindexing process of an entire drive using the Spotlight control panel:

How to Exclude Hard Drives and Folders from Spotlight Index in Mac OS X

Dec 30, 2011 - 13 Comments
Exclude drives and folders from Spotlight index

Spotlight is a wonderful feature of Mac OS X that lets you quickly find literally anything on a Mac by search, that includes files, apps, folders, emails, you name it, and Spotlight will find it, but sometimes you don’t want everything to be indexed. Whether that’s an external backup drive, a scratch disk, a directory … Read More

Hide the Spotlight Menu Icon in Mac OS X

Dec 12, 2011 - 21 Comments
Hide the Spotlight icon in OS X Lion

Whether you are disabling Spotlight or just wanting to reduce menubar icon clutter, it’s possible to hide the Spotlight icon. Here’s the best part though; if you just want to hide the Spotlight menu, you can do so without disabling the search abilities from functioning in the Finder or with other apps that rely on … Read More

How to Disable (or Enable) Spotlight in Mac OS X Mavericks & Mountain Lion

Dec 10, 2011 - 58 Comments
Enable Spotlight in OS X Lion

Completely disabling and reenabling Spotlight in Mac OS X Lion, OS X Mountain Lion, and OS X Mavericks can be done with the help of the Terminal. The following command unloads the Spotlight mds agent from launchd, thereby preventing the daemon from running or indexing any drives entirely. Open up the Terminal (found in /Applications/Utilities/) … Read More

Did Apple Inspire Google? Google Instant is Spotlight for the Web

Sep 13, 2010 - 13 Comments
google instant

There’s a lot of hooplah in the web world about Google Instant and it’s ability to turn up search results immediately while you type them. Is Google Instant really as new and revolutionary as it’s claimed to be? Yes and no. Yes for the web, and no for computing. You know what other prominent search … Read More

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