Ignoring specific folders in Spotlight?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by stevearm, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. stevearm macrumors 6502a

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    iPhoto has duplicated all my photo folders, so that searching for "holiday 2009" comes out with two difference results. One in the original location I put the folder, and another inside the iPhoto package.

    Is there any way of hiding a particular folder or telling it to ignore anything inside iPhoto's package? So that I only end up with one result.

    Thanks
     
  2. mac2x macrumors 65816

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    There's an ignore list in Spotlight's preference pane. I use it since I have the Xcode Tools installed, and many files associated with development come up when you search for things.
     
  3. stevearm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That don't give you the option of hiding specific folders or packages though.
     
  4. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    There is in the Privacy tab, not in the Search Results one. You can drag anything into there.
     

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  5. stevearm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunately I can't seem to select the iPhoto library package, as it's half blanked out and unclickable :(
     
  6. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    You can't add the iPhoto Library package with the + sign; open up a Finder window to ~/Pictures and drag the library into the exclusion list under the Privacy tab.
     
  7. stevearm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Woohoo!

    Thanks very much!!

    One last question... if I go into iPhoto and check the 'Copy images to iPhoto library' option, even though I already have 20+ events, will it copy the images already in my library over? Or will it only do that for any future pics I add?
     
  8. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    I believe it will copy all pre-existing files located outside the iPhoto folder.
     

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