Macspiration Basics: Control Spotlight Search Results


Are you getting too many search results when you use Spotlight? Did you know that you can reduce the search results, and possibly make it easier to find what you are looking for?

To do this start in the Apple Menu and choose System Preferences. Once there click the Spotlight icon.


On the next window you will see two tabs.


One tab, “Search Results,” will let you check and uncheck options for Spotlight to search. The second tab, “Privacy,” will allow you to pick specific folders you definitely do not want searched. To pick a folder click the “+” sign and navigate to that folder. Once there double click and it will appear in the list.

Close the window and the next time you perform a search your results should be a lot smaller.


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