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10.4: Quickly close Spotlight search and results System 10.4
Tiger only hintWant a fast way to completely close the Spotlight search box, after you're already seeing results? Escape works, but you have to press it twice (once to clear the results, once to remove the Command-Space search box).

Try Command-Escape instead -- it totally closes the Spotlight results list and the search field.
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10.4: Quickly close Spotlight search and results
Authored by: frickster on May 24, '05 10:21:22AM

Command-Space does the same.

You can open a search by command-space, enter your search, and hit either esc twice, command-esc, or command-space to close the Spotlight search.


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10.4: Quickly close Spotlight search and results
Authored by: adrianm on May 24, '05 01:57:20PM

Pressing ESC twice is quicker, IMO, than pressing CMD, then space/ESC, then letting them go.

Hardly worthy of a hint.



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10.4: Quickly close Spotlight search and results
Authored by: jaydisc on May 24, '05 09:15:22PM

It seems that if you use the Command-Space/Esc rather than Escape twice, the spotlight search continues in the background... VERY neat.



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10.4: Quickly close Spotlight search and results
Authored by: club60.org on May 25, '05 10:59:18AM

And of course the usual Cmd-. closes the search as well.



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10.4: Quickly close Spotlight search and results
Authored by: eti on Jun 02, '05 03:28:16PM

Change your Spotlight System Preferences to open/close Spotlight with a function key instead of command+space. That's twice as fast! ;-)



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10.4: Quickly close Spotlight search and results
Authored by: pnoman on Sep 05, '05 06:21:56PM

Thanks for the idea -- but MUCH more useful to me would be a way to stop/abort a Spotlight search, but still keep the window open! Cmd-period, Esc, etc, CLOSE the window, rather than just stopping the search ( funny, I thought Cmd-W was supposed to close windows, but it seems consistency isn't Apple's strong suit these days ...).

Specifically, I thought this might be a way to stop the damn thing from wasting so much time searching on a few letters until I can get my full search string in (thanks a bunch, Apple). Anybody know if this is possible? Sorry if this is repetitious -- I'm new on the site, and couldn't find anything about this.

Also, Spotlight's latest trick is telling me there aren't any files on my hard drives created or modified before 12/31/2000. Funny, because I can easily find tens of thousands of them in my boot disk Documents folder, carried over from OS9. I can find OS9 files created after that date, but not before.

Does Spotlight have a Y2K problem? (remember that?). Should I delete Spotlight preference files? Or just trash the index files and start all over?



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