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How do I get rid of it? It doesn't show up on task manager. It isn't dead, it responds to the mouse wheel and scrolls up and down.

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Not really suited for this site, but try Open Terminal, Type "killall SystemUIServer". Quite difficult to test as my Spotlight is working, but the Spotlight icon did disappear and reappear –  James Webster Feb 14 '13 at 17:11
Yes, please move to a.s.c - submitted here by mistake. /YR –  user42890 Feb 14 '13 at 17:15
@YiminRong. You can flag for moderator attention and ask them to do it. I've done it for you this time. –  James Webster Feb 14 '13 at 17:18
@JW - that did it, thanks. –  user42890 Feb 14 '13 at 17:21

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The process "QuickLook UI Helper" normally quits automatically after Spotlight is closed, but if it doesn't:

  1. Open Activity Monitor
  2. Find QuickLook UI Helper
  3. Quit it (x button in the toolbar)
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Use Command + Space and the spotlight will go away

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Nope, didn't work, it brought up another spotlight. It's probably hung, but still responding! –  user42890 Feb 14 '13 at 17:49

Just kill spotlight., worked for me.

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