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10.5: Disable dictionary and calculator results in Spotlight System 10.5
You can prevent Spotlight from showing dictionary results by typing the following into Terminal:
defaults write com.apple.spotlight DictionaryLookupEnabled NO
The same goes for calculations:
defaults write com.apple.spotlight CalculationEnabled NO
Note that for either of these changes to take effect, you need to restart Spotlight. Use Terminal to do so:
sudo killall Spotlight
I'm not sure why anyone would want to disable either of those features, but it is possible.

[robg adds: To reverse either of these settings, repeat the commands but replace NO with YES, then kill Spotlight again.]
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10.5: Disable dictionary and calculator results in Spotlight
Authored by: FOOOD on Dec 19, '07 08:03:36AM

Thanks a lot. I've been wanting to disable Dictionary results there since Leopard was released.


'I'm not sure why anyone would want to disable either of those features, but it is possible.'
I just don't want it there. I use Spotlight to search for & open files & apps. It's been very annoying to have Dictionary results there at the top whether you want it or not.

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10.5: Disable dictionary and calculator results in Spotlight
Authored by: dille on Dec 19, '07 12:24:20PM

Not only do I lack the need of dictionary results when searching for files, I have the distinct feeling that it slows stuff down as well.



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10.5: Disable dictionary and calculator results in Spotlight
Authored by: ecbtln on Dec 19, '07 08:39:08AM

just for clarification, you dont need to sudo killall spotlight, one only has to killall spotlight in order for it to restart



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10.5: Disable dictionary and calculator results in Spotlight
Authored by: xanadu420 on Dec 19, '07 11:03:36AM
I'm not sure why anyone would want to disable either of those features, but it is possible.

To stump the Geniuses at you local Apple Store when you demand to know why your Spotlight doesn't work as advertised? ;)

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10.5: Disable dictionary and calculator results in Spotlight
Authored by: macshasta on Dec 19, '07 05:52:57PM

Great hint!

I'd like to see a full list of Spotlight options available through the terminal.

TIA
macshasta



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10.5: Disable dictionary and calculator results in Spotlight
Authored by: pflo on Mar 02, '08 10:18:08AM

Oh my .. thank you! That's what i was looking for. Finally I could kill the annoying dictionary... :-)



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