OS X Yosemite: Spotlight Suggestions

Spotlight Suggestions

In addition to searching your Mac, Spotlight provides Spotlight Suggestions from the Internet, from iTunes, and the App Store. You may also see suggestions for movie showtimes, nearby locations, and more. To search, click the Spotlight icon in the menu bar, then just start typing. Your search is entered at the top of the Spotlight window, to the right of the Spotlight icon.

Spotlight Suggestions may also be available in Look Up.

When you use Spotlight or Look Up, your search queries, the Spotlight Suggestions you select, and related usage data will be sent to Apple. Search results found on your Mac will not be sent. If you have Location Services on your Mac turned on, when you make a search query to Spotlight or use Look Up, the location of your Mac at that time will be sent to Apple. Searches for common words and phrases will be forwarded from Apple to Microsoft’s Bing search engine. These searches are not stored by Microsoft. Location, search queries, and usage information sent to Apple will be used by Apple only to make Spotlight Suggestions more relevant and to improve other Apple products and services.

If you do not want your Spotlight and Look Up search queries and Spotlight Suggestions usage data sent to Apple, you can turn off Spotlight Suggestions. If you see the “Allow Spotlight Suggestions in Spotlight and Look Up” checkbox in the Search Results pane of Spotlight preferences (in System Preferences on your Mac), deselect it, and deselect the Bing Web Searches checkbox. Otherwise, deselect the checkboxes for Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web Searches. If you turn off Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web Searches, Spotlight will search the contents of only your Mac and Look Up will search only the dictionary on your Mac.

You can turn off Location Services for Spotlight Suggestions in the Privacy pane of System Preferences on your Mac by clicking Details next to System Services, then deselecting Spotlight Suggestions. If you turn off Location Services on your Mac, your precise location will not be sent to Apple. To deliver relevant search suggestions, Apple may use the IP address of your Internet connection to approximate your location by matching it to a geographic region.

Information collected by Apple will be treated in accordance with Apple’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at www.apple.com/privacy.

Note:   Spotlight Suggestions may not be available in all regions.
Last Modified: Sep 23, 2015
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