Get Address Book phone numbers in the Spotlight menu


Spotlight in your menu bar hooks nicely into Address Book. Type a name in the search field, and the contact(s) will show up in the Spotlight menu. Point to the contact, hover for a few seconds, and get all the phone numbers for that contact in a help tag, so you don’t have to open Address Book itself. But, wait – that’s not the tip, because there’s a slight problem: all the phone numbers show up, unidentified as to which is work, home, cell, and so on. Read the rest of this entry »


TIP: Retrieve a disappeared Spotlight menu


Okay, first: I know “disappeared” is not an adjective – but it conveyed my meaning, didn’t it? Next: I use the Spotlight menu more than the average bear. And, almost weekly it will up and disappear from my menu bar. I don’t know why it leaves, but here’s how to get it back:

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TIP: Prevent Spotlight from searching the Trash


The whole point of the Trash is getting rid of things you don’t want anymore, and even if you empty it only every few months, it’s unlikely you want a Spotlight search to include its contents. But excluding the Trash from Spotlight indexing is not an obvious procedure, because it’s an invisible folder in the Finder-which would seem to make it pretty hard to drag it to the Spotlight preference pane’s Privacy (exclusion) list. However, it’s not difficult at all: Read the rest of this entry »

TIP: Include Library folders in searches


A Find operation in the Finder ignores all Library folders and their subfolders. Usually, that’s a good thing-there’s a ton of files in those folders that you don’t need to look through – except sometimes, such as when you want a Fonts folder, or your Desktop picture files, included in the search. Spotlight indexes Library folder contents, however, and you can make it include the contents in a search. Read the rest of this entry »