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How do I add a system link to the Applications folder and have it show up in spotlight.

Alternatively how do I add a specific folder to spotlight search priority. Easy to rearrange but I can not add anything.

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A related question but not covering what I am interested in is: Can I make a symlink (to a .app folder) in Applications directory show up in spotlight?

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Unfortunately, it's not possible. Spotlight creates an index of everything (except the folders specified in the 'privacy' tab, seen on your screenshot). There is no way, to the best of my knowledge, to set priorities to specific folders.

However, the spotlight index is updated regularly, and takes into account the results of previous searches. That means that by using regularly spotlight, you will improve it.

Personally, I think spotlight is a bit too restrictive. I use Quicksilver, a free launching, searching, do-it-all app. It's the first thing I install on a mac. Give it a try! You can customize almost everything, and there are simple ways to tweak the results of your searches.

Hope it helps.

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Thanks I use quicksilver too, but was developing some software and wanted to integrate well with the standard mac interface. Thanks, I am going to wait awhile and then mark this as the answer if nothing else shows up. –  Davorak Jun 30 '12 at 16:48

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