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3. Spotlight > Customizing Spotlight

Customizing Spotlight

You’ve just read about how Spotlight works fresh out of the box. But you can tailor its behavior, both for security reasons and to fit it to the kinds of work you do.

Here are three ways to open the Spotlight preferences center:

  • Choose “Spotlight preferences” at the bottom of the Spotlight menu (that is, just after you’ve performed a search).

  • Use Spotlight itself. Hit -Space, type spotl, press -Enter.

  • Open System Preferences. Click Spotlight.

In any case, you wind up face-to-face with the dialog box shown in Figure 3-5.

You can tweak Spotlight in three ways here, all very useful.

Here’s where you can specify what categories of icons you want Spotlight to search, which order you want them listed in the Spotlight menu, and what keystroke you want to use for highlighting the Spotlight bar.

Figure 3-5. Here’s where you can specify what categories of icons you want Spotlight to search, which order you want them listed in the Spotlight menu, and what keystroke you want to use for highlighting the Spotlight bar.


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