what does disabling spotlight do?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by karohan, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. karohan macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2010
    #1
    If I turn off spotlight indexing will it stop indexing for all my searches? Will it just stop indexing for the window that pops up to the top right when I type cmd + space or all searches I may make in Finder as well.
     
  2. Lokrado macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2009
    Location:
    Denmark
    #2
    it will cease functioning - hence disable....
     
  3. karohan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2010
    #3
    Okay, I wasn't sure if Spotlight was responsible for all searching on OS X or if it was simply a quicksilver like utility.
     
  4. Lokrado macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2009
    Location:
    Denmark
    #4
    well it is, unless you have another app that can do searching for you. - I believe "A Better Finder" has a capability like it, just no way near as easy to use as spotlight, as you would have to open a "Finder" window to search.
     
  5. haravikk macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    May 1, 2005
    #5
    Are you experiencing any specific problems with Spotlight? Except for when you index a whole drive it's pretty invisible to your computer's operation; if you have any folders that are particularly busy then you can exclude them to prevent Spotlight indexing files that might not matter.

    I believe there are some hidden settings that can be used to tweak Spotlight a bit more in terms of how much of a file it will index, and ways to shut off customised indexing for file-types that perhaps cause a performance hit to index (if they're especially complex); it's sometimes worth investigating what files Spotlight indexes by looking at what .mdimporter files you have in /Library/Spotlight, programs will sometimes install them and of course they can be left behind if you remove the program, though never fiddle with them unless you know what they're for!
     

Share This Page