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10.4: Stop in-progress Finder Spotlight searches Desktop
I don't know if anyone else has had this problem, but I sure have and it drives me crazy: You open a Finder window and enter a search term in the little search bubble in the upper right section of the toolbar. Spotlight starts doing it's thing, finding items and adding them to the list in the window. When you see the item you're looking for, you select it, but Spotlight's still looking and dynamically updating the list, and your selection keeps moving around. You've found the item you're looking for, but Spotlight, not knowing any better, dutifully keeps looking.

You can stop the Spotlight search by clicking the small "X" in the bottom right corner of the window. Or better yet, you can do this via the key combo Command-. (the period). This will cause Spotlight to stop its search and stop updating the window, leaving only the current, incomplete results viewable, after which you can make your selection without having it moved out of view.

[robg adds: Yes, this may be obvious to some (most?), but I asked two buddies in iChat, and neither they nor I had even noticed the X, nor had we tried Command-. to stop a search. If only this worked for standard Command-Space Spotlight searches -- you can stop the search with Command-., but the in progress results are cleared.]
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10.4: Stop in-progress Finder Spotlight searches
Authored by: jweierman on Oct 25, '06 07:43:43AM

This may be obvious too, but I hated waiting for Spotlight to refresh the finder screen if I made an error in the search box (ie. misspelled something, backspaced, then corrected the spelling). I found that if you make a mistake, you can select the whole search field and delete it, and retype. It is much faster than correcting the mistake.



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10.4: Stop in-progress Finder Spotlight searches
Authored by: nvdingo on Oct 25, '06 08:11:01AM

What i really want to know is if you can increase the delay, if there is one, before spotlight starts. If it would only wait for half a second for the user to stop inputting their query before starting, man, that would make me happy.



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10.4: Stop in-progress Finder Spotlight searches
Authored by: mcamou on Oct 25, '06 08:52:40AM

One word: QuickSilver



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10.4: Stop in-progress Finder Spotlight searches
Authored by: iversond on Oct 25, '06 11:53:51AM

Even though the Cmd-. shortcut will make the Spotlight search results disapear, hit Cmd-Space again and the partial results will still be visible in Spotlight.



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10.4: Stop in-progress Finder Spotlight searches
Authored by: dcottle on Oct 25, '06 09:39:19PM

Brilliant. I've been looking for a solution like this since spotlight came out. I hate it when I see what I'm looking for and then it disappears.

Re: making a mistake. Immediately type tab to select the mistake and start retyping.



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10.4: Stop in-progress Finder Spotlight searches
Authored by: linnig on Oct 26, '06 04:18:05AM

When I do this in either spotlight or the finder search bubble cmd-. does indeed stop the screen updates but I still hear the disk rattling around as though being searched. If I pull up spotlight again, I see that the search has completed.



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Stop spotlight in the spotlight bar
Authored by: simonpie on Oct 26, '06 08:39:37AM

Escape will stop a search in the spotlight bar. And double excape wil erase the search string in the text field.



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Stop spotlight in the spotlight bar
Authored by: jjardoino on Oct 27, '06 12:21:31AM

simonpie, I don't think so.
I tried the "escape" hint and a single escape clears the search field and all items already found.

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