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10.4: Two ways to bypass Spotlight 'find-as-you-type'
Authored by: elvey on May 31, '12 11:34:59AM

fud wrote,
"I like to have my "Keyboard & Mouse" system preference Key Repeat Rate set to FAST and Delay Until Repeat SHORT, but this makes typing Spotlight searches almost impossible."

Hmm. On this 10.6 MBP, changing these (and clicking Show All, which I figure should work as an 'Apply' button) has no impact on the way Spotlight works. Old post, I know, but I didn't find any news on this issue with further googling.

Cut 'n paste (or patience) seems the best option. I just noticed that Spotlight takes a long time to respond to the second key-press after the first key-press initially, but doesn't if I run Spotlight a little later, searching for something else starting with totally different first few characters. I wonder if the delay doesn't really have much to do with time spent searching for the first letter, but rather has to do with initializing and loading the code and data used for all Spotlight searches in RAM.

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