How to hide the Spotlight Search icon from the menu bar

By Joaquim Barbosa on Feb 2, 2017

If you never use the Spotlight feature on your Mac, or if you only use it from the Finder rather than from the menu bar, you may have wondered how to get rid of its icon. Whilst most of the menu bar icons can be hidden with user-accessible toggles from System Preferences, Spotlight’s little magnifying glass is not so easily removed from the top right-hand corner of your screen.

After a lot of investigation I had only found methods which either disabled Spotlight entirely, removing your ability to search the file system, or else hid Spotlight temporarily, with it returning every time a change was made to the file system. However, I was eventually able to find a solution which has neither of these downsides.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to get shot of the Spotlight icon, and regain an iron-fisted control over the content of your menu bar. Read More

 

NoTodayView disables the Spotlight widget page on the Home and Lock screens

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 5, 2017

NoTodayView is a new free jailbreak tweak for iOS 10 devices that can disable the Spotlight widget page on both the Home screen and Lock screen, which depending on how you use your device, can be very useful.

While most people like to use the Spotlight and widget page system that comes stock, it gets in the way when you try to use some other Home screen-modifying jailbreak tweaks like Mobius, which allow you to scroll infinitely through all of your Home screen pages and folders without coming to any dead-ends. Read More

 

How to reveal a file’s path in Spotlight for Mac with a simple keystroke

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 30, 2016

In macOS versions up until Lion, hovering over an item in Spotlight’s search results on your Mac would reveal its full file system path. As of macOS Lion, that’s no longer the default behavior—the Spotlight overlay gives you some information about the selected file, but not its location. But don’t you worry, Apple hasn’t ditched this feature entirely as you can reveal a file’s path in your Spotlight search results at any time via this practical keyboard shortcut. Read More

 

iOS 10 tidbit: Spotlight Suggestions in Messages

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 12, 2016

On iOS 10, Spotlight Suggestions appear in more places than before. We recently told you about Spotlight Suggestions in the Look Up interface (formerly known as the Define feature). We also discussed iOS 10’s expressive Messages app in depth and mentioned its super useful inline previews of URLs.

As it turns out, not only does Messages support inline previews of media URLs, but underlines specific terms in your chats—such as movie and app names—that Spotlight Suggestions can give you more info about. Read More

 

SearchDefine: search for word definitions right from Spotlight

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 22, 2016

There come times when you need to define words quickly, and because iOS has no dedicated Dictionary app, there is really no convenient way to define a word when you’re stuck.

Rather than downloading a third-party dictionary app from the App Store to clutter your Home screen even further, a new jailbreak tweak called SearchDefine lets you define words via the iOS dictionary right from Spotlight. Read More

 

Apple TV’s universal search expands to nine new video channels

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 21, 2016

After adding support for video content from Bravo, E!, Syfy and USA channels ten days ago, tvOS’s universal search feature was refreshed earlier today with official support for nine additional channels. The full up-to-date list of universal search providers can be found in Apple’s support document. Read More

 

iOS 10 tidbit: getting to Spotlight from any app, in an instant

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 17, 2016

Since installing iOS 10 Preview on my iPhone 6s I’ve been discovering these little gems that, in my personal opinion, will make this particular revision to Apple’s mobile OS the most worthwhile upgrade yet.

Aside from major new headlining features, it’s the little things that make our hearts sing. One of such subtle refinements is the ability to quickly get to Spotlight Search from any app. Read More

 

Apple TV universal search adds support for content from Bravo, E!, Syfy and USA channels

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2016

Two weeks after NBCUniversal’s Bravo, Syfy and E! apps launched on the fourth-generation Apple TV, content from these channels is now available through the device’s universal search feature.

In addition, the Apple TV now also surfaces videos from the USA channel when using tvOS’s text or Siri voice search, said MacRumors. Read More

 

Why I think Spotlight and Siri should be one

By Sébastien Page on Jun 7, 2016

Ever since the rumors of Siri making its way to the Mac began gaining credence, I started thinking about how I would like to use the feature on OS X, and what it would mean for Siri on iOS. As I was toying around with the idea of Siri on my Mac, something became apparent very quickly: Siri and Spotlight Search have a lot in common. So much so that maybe it would make sense to merge then into one feature at some point. Let me explain. Read More

 

Customize Spotlight features to your liking with PersonalSpotlight [jailbreak]

By Anthony Bouchard on May 31, 2016

iOS 9 came with a totally new Spotlight experience for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but there still remains a lot that could be changed to better suit individual users’ needs.

Thanks to the jailbreak community, however, customization is never really a problem.

A new free jailbreak tweak called PersonalSpotlight is now available that gives users the ability to personalize their Spotlight experience in a way that better suits them, and we’ll show you how the tweak works as we go hands-on in this review. Read More

 
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