Spotlight thinks you are a 'Developer', if you have Xcode installed, or happened to install it at any time in the past, and hence shows you search results that maybe relevant to a developer.
When Xcode is actually installed and present on the computer, a check-box called 'Developer' appears in the
System Preferences > Spotlight > Search Results panel giving us the option to disable 'Developer' results from appearing in our searches. When Xcode is not detected, the check-box disappears from the Preferences Panel, but Spotlight continues to show results from the 'Developer' category.
I am currently on Yosemite, and had installed and un-installed Xcode way back on Mountain-Lion or Lion, opting to use the 'Command Line Tools' instead. I also had Spotlight disabled until recently, and started getting hundreds of Search Results under the Developer category, once I re-enabled it. The clutter was making spotlight unusable.
Unable to find a solution anywhere on the Web, this is what I finally tried, and it worked:
I created an empty file called
Xcode.app in the Applications folder, and the missing 'Developer' check-box showed up in Spotlight Preferences, which I could then un-check to solve my problem.
Applications > Utilities > Terminal.app then type and press Enter after each of the following lines to create the dummy Xcode app
then head to Spotlight Preferences and uncheck 'Developer' (you might need to restart the System Preferences app to see the missing check-box appear).
- You need to keep the dummy
Xcode.app even after changing the
setting, deleting it will cause the setting to revert back.
- Another solution would be to install Xcode itself