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OS X’s Spotlight: The modern Whack-A-Mole

On 22, Feb 2007 | 9 Comments | In Apple, User Experience | By Ryan Feeley

SpotlightI love how Spotlight in OS X can find information I need inside files I had long forgotten about. All I need to do is type in a few letters of what I’m looking for and then prepare for the unpleasant experience of modern Whack-A-Mole. Spotlight returns files immediately in its pulldown menu, but also begins sorting, reordering and removing them before the loading is complete. Much bobbing and weaving required. What’s worse, if I have the patience to wait for the results to fully load, I am unable to reveal a selected file with the typical ⌘-R shortcut. I don’t always want to open files I’m looking for, and if i do, I don’t always want them opened in their default applications. I need to bring up a separate window, then perform ⌘-R. Why can’t I just have my right-click? And can’t the sorting and grouping be optional?

Apple, how did you ship Spotlight like this?


  1. Peter

    Ryan, I am sorry to hear that you remain so displeased with the Mac Operating system. Perhaps you should consider switching to Windows? 😉


  2. Oh no you didn’t just…

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  4. Volume control would be cool – videos vary so much in terms of volume. On my first visit just now I immediately got an obscene rant about the now defunct [sic] G W Bush, and my 3 year old isn't in bed yet. Not that the logic of the sentiment would escape a 3 year old, but the sudden swearing was a bit of a surprise.Great idea though, nice and clean look is good too – lack of volume control (or volume control I couldn't find) being my only quibble.Hit F11 for maximum leanback

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