Get Address Book phone numbers in the Spotlight menu

2010/02/11

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 »

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TIP: Retrieve a disappeared Spotlight menu

2009/04/24

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

2009/01/04

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

2008/12/10

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 »