Spotlight Preferences in System Preferences

The Spotlight System Preference appears as of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and is used to configure, fine-tune and adjust settings for Spotlight in the Mac OS.


The Spotlight System Preference is divided into two tabs. There are two universal settings present in both tabs: keyboard shortcuts for the Spotlight menu and for the Spotlight window.

Search Results

In the Search Results tab, the user can choose which categories Spotlight should seek through.

Fourteen categories are available; each category can be turned on and off individually.


Folders and disks which appear in the locations list (which can be added by clicking the "+" button or by dragging items into the list) will not be searched by Spotlight.

You can also remove items by choosing the item and clicking "-".

System Preferences panels SystemPreferences

.Mac | Accounts | Appearance | Bluetooth | Classic | CDs & DVDs | ColorSync | Dashboard & Exposé | Date & Time | Desktop | Desktop & Screen Saver | Displays | Dock | Energy Saver | Exposé | General | Ink | International | Internet | iTools | Keyboard | Keyboard & Mouse | Login | Monitors | Mouse | My Account | Network | Password | Print & Fax | QuickTime | Screen Effects | Screen Saver | Security | Sharing | Software Update | Sound | Speech | Spotlight | Startup Disk | Universal Access | Users

Notes: Items in bold indicate panels of System Preferences which still exist today (Mac OS X 10.4). Items in italics are only available if the corresponding peripheral or software is installed. This list does not include third-party preference panels.

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