Has anyone actually been able to do a web search from Spotlight?

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  1. pickaxe macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't been able to get any of the new Spotlight web suggestions mentioned at WWDC... ever. Are these US-only or something?

    Furthermore, the Search Google/Search Wikipedia from previous OS X versions has been removed - a regression...
     
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    It's working for me in the US. I just typed in Star Wars.
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  3. pickaxe thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh. Thanks for the screenshot.

    I wonder why non-US users don't get to use IMDB, Wikipedia or Bing?
     
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    I don't know, but I'd expect it to work for more or all countries by the time the public release is available.
     
  5. jsmith189 macrumors 65816

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    Just recently started working for me in Australia
     

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    Makes me wonder how many countries it is working in right now.
     
  7. anyjungleinguy macrumors regular

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    I'm in the UK and while it never worked for me on Public Beta 1, it has worked occasionally on Public Beta 2. It's definitely not consistent, though. For example, it's not working at all at this very minute.

    Have you checked Activity Monitor for the related process name? I can't remember it specifically but check if it's there and if it is, whether it's actually running or crashed.
     
  8. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    It depends on what I search for.
     
  9. slyr114 macrumors newbie

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    Does anyone know how to hide the spotlight icon on yosemite? I use alfred and would like to hide the search icon from the menubar.
     
  10. Julien macrumors G3

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    That's not a web search. It is a Safari cache result on your Mac. Wikipedia is a web search result but available mostly in the US only as of now. Bing search is coming but yet to be enabled.
     
  11. SandboxGeneral, Sep 4, 2014
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    Actually, no it isn't a web cache. I, just this morning, installed Yosemite in VMware 7 and had just finished installing the PB 2 update on it. Running that search in the screenshot was literally the very first thing I did with that install.
     
  12. Julien macrumors G3

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    Sorry, did not look close at your pic. It's still not a true web search but just a suggested web site for you to visit. You seem to only get these on certain commercial sites (that I have seen). If you click on the Wikipedia link you get real web search info. When Bing is enabled you will get Bing result info in the Spotlight window.

    Also Maps info in Spotlight is a true web search.
     
  13. j800r macrumors regular

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    The revamped Spotlight is just as powerful as Alfred if not more so. :s
    Ditch it, you don't need it anymore.




    As for the net results thing they're probably phasing that in. I get wiki results, nothing from Bing or IMDB though unless I search through Safari directly. It'll get there though I'm sure of it and I doubt it's a bug. Just a missing feature and they have said the betas etc will be missing some features.
     
  14. slyr114 macrumors newbie

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    I still like alfred better after giving the new spotlight a chance, i only use it for quickly launching apps and opening files. Alfred is more compact in its results window and such.
     
  15. Julien, Sep 4, 2014
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    Just to add it looks like Apple is testing Bing in a limited way. Just playing around look at what I got.

    Also when I typed police a 2ed time I got different Bing results.


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    EDIT: Here is another that doesn't show the results page in the Spotlight window. Must be testing.

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  16. pickaxe thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I take it you've never used Alfred seriously? Alfred is extendable to the point of being ridiculous.
     

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