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Preview & Watch Videos Directly in Spotlight

Apr 13, 2012 - Leave a Comment

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

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

Mar 9, 2012 - 17 Comments

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 drives, but it also doubles as a fantastically quick application launcher. If you aren’t using Spotlight on a regular basis yet you really should start doing so, and with that in mind … Read More

Reindex Spotlight from the Command Line

Feb 2, 2012 - 8 Comments

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

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

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 - 12 Comments

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

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 - 53 Comments

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

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

mds – what MDS process is and why it uses CPU on the Mac

Aug 5, 2010 - 21 Comments

If your Mac is suddenly running sluggish and you launched Activity Monitor, you may notice a process named ‘mds’ cranking away at 30% and even up to 90% CPU utilization. If you see this, don’t worry, it’s not abnormal behavior and your Mac isn’t crashing, it’s just indexing it’s built in search engine. What is … Read More

Search JPEG only within Spotlight

Jul 30, 2010 - 1 Comment

Do you know you’re looking for a JPEG but don’t want to search every other document type on your Mac? Speed up your search thanks to Spotlight search operators, just type: kind:jpeg filename With this the only documents searched will be jpeg. You can specify just about any kind of document, from pdf, to doc, … Read More

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