How to Disable/Enable Spotlight Search on Mac Ventura, Monterey & Earlier

Last Updated on Jul 7, 2022

Turn on & Turn Off Spotlight search and fix Indexing not Working, Re-Index Search on Mac. Spotlight is an easy and most popular option to find out any on your Mac running on any OS X Version. From the last many decade, apple has been improved results in spotlight searches, With customize options in the search result. Due to privacy many of mac users are not interested to show or accessing by an unknown person, So we have an option to Disable spotlight search on MacOS on MacBook, Mac.

Spotlight search finds the data from Documents, Maps, iTunes, Movies, Places on Map, calculations, and general questions.

if you don’t want to turn off the spotlight for you only, then you can change the spotlight search default shortcut to your own shortcut.

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Follow The Below Steps for Enable/ Disable Spotlight Search on MacOS

On MacOS Ventura: Spotlight Settings on Mac

  1. Go to the Apple Logo from the top Menu > System Settings.system-settings-on-macos-ventura-on-mac
  2. Click on Siri & Spotlight Option > Move to Spotlight Settings section, See the Option for Search Result, and Enable the Category to Find the item from them using Spotlight search.
Applications
Bookmarks & History
Calculator
Contacts
Conversion
Definition
Documents
Events & Reminders
Folders
Fonts
Images
Mail & Messages
Movies
Applications
Bookmarks & History
Calculator
Contacts
Conversion
Definition
Documents
Events & Reminders
Folders
Fonts
Images
Mail & Messages
Movies
Music
Other
PDF Documents
Presentations
Siri Suggestions
Spreadsheets
System Settings
  1. enable-disable-spotlight-search-on-mac-in-macos-ventura
  2. To Exclude or Include Sepecific directory from Spotlight search click on Spotlight Privacy… and Add or Remove using the Plus & Minus [+/-] Button.exclude-from-spotlight-search-on-mac
  3. That’s all about managing Spotligh On mac. if you want to Hide the Spotlight Search icon [Magnifier icon] from top Menu then Follow the below steps,
    1. Open System settings under the apple logo from top menu.
    2. Next, Select Control Center Option > Under the Menu Bar section only, Select Spotlight: “Don’t show in Menu Bar“.hide-magnifier-glass-icon-from-top-menu-on-mac-or-remove-spotlight-search-icon
    3. That’s it. or Use using the Command + Space Keyboard Shortcut on Mac.

On MacOS Monterey & Earlier: Spotlight Search on Mac

Step 1: Click on Apple Logo () From Top Mac Menu. > System Preference.

Mac System Preferences Option on mac
Mac System Preferences Option
Spotlight option on preference

Step 2: Click on the spotlight (Blue Search icon).  

Spotlight search manage on Mac

Step 3: For Turn off/ disable spotlight search on Mac OS X, Go with Keyboard shortcuts from below option. 

Enable below checkbox for Show Spotlight Search for turn on Spotlight Search using pre-set Keyboard shortcuts.

Disable spotlight search on Mac OS X EI Capitan from settings

Uncheck Show Spotlight search option to turn off or disable. 

After turn off the spotlight search on Mac, You didn’t access through shortcut keys but launch manually. from the top menu finder icon.

Note: you can also manage spotlight search results by only enabled selected categories that are you want in search.

How to Set or Change the Shortcut for Spotlight Search on MacOS X

On Mac, Default shortcuts for launch spotlight search on-screen, Press Command() + Space bar key at once.

For change or set another shortcut keys press all the keys at once that’s you want to set there. like Right aero + Space.

default shortcut everyone has to be known, but another changed shortcut is hidden So no one case access or finds anything on your device easily through spotlight search.

Spotlight Indexing and Searching not working on MacBook Mac

Something stuck or indexing permission is not granted on your Mac. So you can re-indexing or Clear the old indexing cache on your MacBook Mac using the below command. Run below command on your MacBook, Mac Terminal.

  1. Go to Launchpad and Search Terminal and Open it.
Start Terminal on macbook
Start Terminal on MacBook
  • Now, Copy this command any past in terminal, then Hit return button to run.
    locate .metadata_never_index
  • Clean Spotlight Index Command
    Clean Spotlight Index Command
  • You will see below warming message [ignore this message],
  • Database index not working
    Database index not working
    • WARNING: The locate database (/var/db/locate.database) does not exist.

      To create the database, run the following command:

      sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.locate.plist

      Please be aware that the database can take some time to generate; once

      the database has been created, this message will no longer appear.

  • Continuously run this command  & allow permission for Read/Write.
    sudo mdutil -i on /
  • Allow Permission index spotlight search
    Allow Permission index spotlight search

    Enter your Mac system login password and Press return to run. You will get a return, Request indexing. after Wait for 10 to 20 minutes, you will get fixed and search quickly.

    Enable indexing
    Enable indexing
  • That’s it.
  • if you have any queries on how to Enable/ Turn off/ Disable spotlight search on the latest macOS like MacOS Ventura, Monterey, Catalina, OS X EI Capitan, Yosemite, or Mavericks then share on the comment box.

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