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Archive for April 8th, 2014

by Tom Nelson

Spotlight, the Mac’s built-in search system, is the go-to search tool for most Mac users. It’s easy to use; just click the magnifying icon in the right-hand side of the Mac’s menu bar, and type in your search string. Spotlight performs its magic and displays all of the relevant results.

SpotlightPrefPane

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And therein lies the problem. Spotlight can sometimes display way too many results, no matter how relevant they may be. You can try being more precise with your search term, but that can result in a different set of results to dig your way through.

A better solution for managing Spotlight search results is to use the Spotlight preference pane to set the order in which results are presented. You can easily turn off whole categories, thus preventing items such as fonts or music files from being returned as part of search results.

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