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10.6: Disable Spotlight and remove Spotlight icon from menu
Authored by: 010111 on Nov 10, '09 06:04:15AM

i knew someone would bring up application launching and completely ignore the other completely valid issues i have with Spotlight. (finding hidden files / finding files within packages or files within the 'magic' folders / chewing up hard drives / indexing any and all disks i ever plug into a machine / mds & mdimport polling the drives 24/7 for no good reason / etc etc etc).

not to mention Quicksilver is a massively better application launcher than Spotlight... and is generally recognized as the actual "powertool" you claim Spotlight is.

...or you could use the dock to launch applications. or right-click -> open with. or any number of other methods.

just because i don't use Spotlight to launch an application doesn't mean i am 'drilling through folders' or stuck in the "Alta Vista" days.

i'd love to hear some of your "Google-era" fixes for the other completely valid problems i have with Spotlight.



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10.6: Disable Spotlight and remove Spotlight icon from menu
Authored by: everkleer80 on Nov 10, '09 07:40:15AM

I agree Spotlight may not be the tool for a Power User; as with most of the Mac's features though, it is a great tool and huge time saver built into the OS for the casual user/newbie. And it's awesome that there are so many little features like this built into the OS! (Can you tell I was previously a Windows user?) Let me tell you, after dealing with the non-indexed Windows file search for years, Spotlight is a dream! I know it doesn't have everything, but I finally found a hint on here explaining that you can search System folders/files by opening a search in the Finder (cmd-F I think) and selecting other - system files for the extra search criteria or something. Unfortunately you still can't do this from the menu ber AFAIK but I've saved the system files rule in a smart folder and I use it all the time - works great! I'm not sure why Spotlight is slow for you... as the last guy said, it always returns all results almost instantly (definately within 3 seconds at it's slowest) for me.



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10.6: Disable Spotlight and remove Spotlight icon from menu
Authored by: mario_grgic on Nov 10, '09 07:59:15PM

I find Spotlight indispensable tool, and I use it all the time. I don't have the same issues you do with spotlight. The minimal initial indexing overhead is negligible, and spotlight rarely uses the CPU or hard drive after that. And you can turn off indexing for external hard drives that you often connect and disconnect.

And when I want to find system files, I fire up Terminal (with Spotlight :D), and use find/xargs/grep. I find this perfectly reasonable. If you can't use terminal and the shell, you probably shouldn't be messing with and looking for system files anyway.



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