Anyone can fill me in on what spotlight plugins are?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by blow45, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. blow45 macrumors 68000

    Jan 18, 2011
    For example I recently discovered I have the following?

    microsoft office

    What are they? What do they do and how can I remove them?

    (I've heard somewhere that they can cause slow downs, is that accurate?)
  2. GGJstudios, Feb 20, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2011

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  3. blow45 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 18, 2011
    Thanks! I was thinking along the lines of someone giving me the quick and dirty of it.
  4. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    That's like asking what cars are there for, and you heard they can kill people :eek:

    You know Spotlight, right? Press Command-Space, enter any text, and Spotlight finds all documents containing that text. To do that, Spotlight must be able to read these documents, and Spotlight cannot possibly know how to read any document in the world. Therefore, for example Microsoft wrote a "Spotlight Plugin" for Microsoft Office documents, and Spotlight uses it to find all the text in Microsoft Office plugins, and other companies did the same. Without that plugin, for example, Spotlight wouldn't be able to find things in Excel or Word documents.
  5. blow45 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 18, 2011
    oh I see, thanks, so third parties are responsible for this, or is apple making these plugins? Is there any chance that a plugin might be a. corrupted, b. superfluous?

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