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10.4: Use unique Spotlight comments for fast launches System 10.4
Tiger only hintThis is a pretty lame hint, but if you want to dramatically boost the speed of Spotlight for frequently-used searches, assign a short, unique name to the application or document in the Spotlight Comments field.

For example, I assigned the following "Comments":
  • Microsoft Word: mdoc
  • Microsoft Excel: mxls
  • Microsoft Powerpoint: mppt
  • Apple Backup: abk
  • ... and so on
Now, when I want to launch Word, I type mdoc, and the only item to appear in Spotlight is Word. Hit Command Enter, and the app the launches. Yes, LaunchBar is 10X faster, but this hint improved Spotlight's speed for me to where it is more than satisfactory.

Of course, you can continue assigning unique names (as others have helpfully suggested) to any files and/or apps that you frequently open. The point is short and unique to minimize the number of hits and improve the speed. Hope this is useful to someone...
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10.4: Use unique Spotlight comments for fast launches
Authored by: migurski on Jun 27, '05 11:20:00AM
I can't plug LaunchBar enough - learning from use is what it does. If you type "ppt" and then select Powerpoint from the resulting list a few times, it quickly learns to put Powerpoint at the top. So far Spotlight hasn't replaced Launchbar for me.

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10.4: Use unique Spotlight comments for fast launches
Authored by: maddys_daddy on Jun 27, '05 12:43:53PM
Well, since the guy above plugged "LaunchBar," I guess I'll throw out the obligatory Quicksilver plug. It also "learns from use," and you can set up abbreviations for any apps/files/anything that you want. It's just as easy to use as Spotlight (i.e. Cmd-Space, type abbreviation, Hit Enter), and is a zillion times faster than Spotlight. Yes, Spotlight has its place, but I absolutely cannot live without Quicksilver. It has literally changed and significantly streamlined the way I use my Mac. Nevertheless, this is a good hint in concept.

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10.4: Use unique Spotlight comments for fast launches
Authored by: xeyr on Jun 27, '05 08:04:30PM

I'm going to back up the Quicksilver plug ... it took very little time indeed for me to adjust to Control Space instead of Command Space and being able to easily set a particular item as "default" for a search tops it off.



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10.4: Use unique Spotlight comments for fast launches
Authored by: cobalty on Jun 27, '05 05:47:52PM

In response to the two above comments, I think this is a useful hint because of the wide difference between "regular" and "power" users. I personally am in the latter camp and use LaunchBar and a number of other highly useful apps. However, most of these require that you be able to change the way that you think about your operating system.

If I have a friend or family who want a mac (I'm awful good at convincing them to get one), I'll set it up as close to the defaults as possible. I could use this hint to get them used to Spotlight. After a while they see me working on my computer and want to know how I did this or that and I introduce them to new programs as they ask about them. Another time is when they complain about a problem that can be fixed with one of the programs.

Often, they are very happy with things just the way they are. There's nothing happier than a comptuer user who's computer does what they expect it to.



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10.4: Use unique Spotlight comments for fast launches
Authored by: Zo-1 on Jun 28, '05 05:10:32AM

When you start adding abbreviations - hell, even tags - to Spotlight, you're getting mighty close to precisely what Launchbar (and Quicksilver?) already do - minus the tagging-in-advance. What I've found myself doing, several months in, is adding and adding to the Spotlight Privacy list until I've damn near replicated my Launchbar configuration. Really, so much for the metadata craze.



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10.4: Use unique Spotlight comments for fast launches
Authored by: FelixMendeldog on Jul 20, '05 09:36:02AM

Why not just continue to use LaunchBar? I've changed the Spotlight hotkey so I can keep LaunchBar on Apple/Space.



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