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Mac OS X 10.6: Setting Spotlight preferences

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Setting Spotlight preferences

Before you begin, choose Apple menu > System Preferences and click Spotlight.

To determine how search results are displayed:

Click Search Results, and then do the following:

    • To prevent a category from appearing in search results when you search using the Spotlight menu in the menu bar, deselect the category.

    • To change the order in which results are displayed, drag the categories in the list.

    • To omit a category, deselect it.

To prevent folders from being searched:

  1. Click Privacy.

  2. To add a folder or disk to the list of locations to exclude from searches, click Add (+) and then locate the folder. You can also drag a folder or disk from your desktop or the Finder into the list.

  3. Note:If you add a Time Machine backup disk to the list, you will continue to see messages that Spotlight is indexing your backup disk. This indexing is necessary for Time Machine to function properly and can’t be disabled. Spotlight will exclude from searches any items you store on your backup disk that are not part of a Time Machine backup.

To remove a folder or disk from the list, highlight it, and then click Remove (-).

To define keyboard shortcuts:

Select “Spotlight menu keyboard shortcut” and “Spotlight window keyboard shortcut,” and then choose shortcuts from the pop-up menus.

The symbol ⌘ refers to the Command key on your keyboard, and the symbol ⌥ refers to the Option key.

If a yellow alert triangle appears next to the shortcut you select, then the shortcut is already in use by another application. To open Keyboard Shortcuts preferences and view all the keyboard shortcuts in use on your computer, click the triangle.

If you have an Apple Mouse, you can use Mouse preferences to assign a button to display the Spotlight menu.

Last Modified: Aug 6, 2013
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