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10.4: Make the Spotlight menu bar icon invisible System 10.4
So, you don't want Spotlight's ugly blue lens present in the menu bar, right? How about concealing it? As an administrator, navigate to /System » Library » CoreServices » Search.bundle. Control-click on Search.bundle and choose Show Package Contents. In the new window that opens, navigate into /Contents » Resources. Copy MDSearchWidget_Normal-1.tiff to the desktop. Open this file in Photoshop or your editor of choice, and wipe the Spotlight lens and then save. (The file will get bigger -- from some 2.5k to 52k or so; it's OK.)

Now, check the permissions of original file and match it on our copied file by unlocking it. Lock it again and put it back inside the Resources folder, after removing the original and storing it in a safe place. Run Disk Utility and repair permissions and restart. Voila. The Spotlight lens is gone from the menu. However, there are two things that remain:
  1. The space occupied by the Spotlight lens remains. The date is that much offset to the left.
  2. By clicking on the place where the Spotlight icon was, you can still use Spotlight, just without looking at the icon.
[robg adds: I haven't tested this one; I actually like the Spotlight icon. This earlier hint touched on modifying the various Spotlight resources, while this hint explained how to completely disable the Spotlight menu.]
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10.4: Make the Spotlight menu bar icon invisible
Authored by: rspress on Jul 13, '07 09:26:14AM

I like things easy so I just used the utility Spotless to take control of spotlight and it can remove the spotlight search glass from the menubar.



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10.4: Make the Spotlight menu bar icon invisible
Authored by: robogobo on Jul 13, '07 01:05:35PM

You can also use this to replace the spotlight icon with whatever you like, say, a picture of your kid for instance. sure it'll be small, but may as well fill up the empty space with something. When you click it, it'll turn back into the spotlight icon while the search window is open.



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10.4: Make the Spotlight menu bar icon invisible
Authored by: robogobo on Jul 13, '07 01:06:47PM

You can also use this to replace the spotlight icon with whatever you like, say, a picture of your kid for instance. sure it'll be small, but may as well fill up the empty space with something. When you click it, it'll turn back into the spotlight icon while the search window is open.



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10.4: Make the Spotlight menu bar icon invisible
Authored by: Fairly on Jul 13, '07 01:42:25PM

No it's not OK if it expands from 2 to 52 KB. Get serious. But it won't do that anyway. If you have a TIFF you merely save it compressed. And hey - not everyone will know what "Show Package Contents" means, will they?



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10.4: Make the Spotlight menu bar icon invisible
Authored by: Fairly on Jul 13, '07 01:44:11PM

I just read the end of this "hint" and I have to say this one really sucked.



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10.4: Make the Spotlight menu bar icon invisible
Authored by: adrianm on Jul 14, '07 02:12:19AM

Yes, it did seem to be a bit of a "look at me, I know how to hack OSX too!"

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10.4: Make the Spotlight menu bar icon invisible
Authored by: sjmills on Jul 14, '07 11:14:39PM

Can you edit posts to take out commentary? The word "ugly" doesn't help anyone and it's personal opinion.



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