OS X El Capitan: About Spotlight Suggestions

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About Spotlight Suggestions

In addition to searching your Mac, Spotlight provides Spotlight Suggestions, which shows suggestions from the Internet, iTunes, App Store, movie showtimes, locations nearby, and more in Spotlight and Look Up. 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. For more information about searching, see Search with Spotlight.

Spotlight Suggestions may also be available in Look Up. For more information, see Look up words.

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. To provide you with more relevant music and video suggestions, if your Mac can access music or video subscription services, then information such as the names of the subscription services and types of subscriptions may be sent to Apple. Your account name, number and password will not be sent to Apple. Location, search queries, and usage information sent to Apple will only be used by Apple 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. Simply deselect the checkbox for “Allow Spotlight Suggestions in Spotlight and Look Up” and the checkbox for Bing Web Searches in the Search Results tab in the Spotlight preference pane found within System Preferences on your Mac. If you turn off Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web Searches, Spotlight will only search the contents of your Mac and Look Up will only search the dictionary on your Mac.

You can turn off Location Services for Spotlight Suggestions in the Security & Privacy pane of System Preferences on your Mac by clicking on the Privacy tab, selecting Location Services, selecting Details next to System Services, then deselecting Safari & 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.

By using these features, you agree and consent to Apple’s and its subsidiaries’ and agents’ transmission, collection, maintenance, processing, and use of this information as described above.

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

Note:   Not all features of Spotlight Suggestions may be available in all languages or regions and some features of Spotlight Suggestions may vary by region.

Turn off Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web Searches

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Spotlight, then click Search Results.

  2. Deselect the “Allow Spotlight Suggestions in Spotlight and Look Up” checkbox.

    Spotlight Suggestions is removed from the list.

  3. Deselect Bing Web Searches.

Spotlight searches only the contents of your Mac. Look Up searches only the dictionaries enabled on your Mac.

Turn off Location Services for Spotlight Suggestions

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, then click Privacy.

  2. Click the lock icon to unlock the pane, then enter an administrator name and password.

  3. Click Details next to System Services, then deselect Spotlight Suggestions.

Published Date: Sep 18, 2017
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