The following keyboard shortcut will always bring up a window that says Searching "This Mac":


I would like to use this shortcut for another purpose. Is there any way to disable this shortcut?

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Yes. Go to System PreferencesSpotlight and uncheck the box for the Spotlight window keyboard shortcut. Alternatively, replace the shortcut with a different shortcut.

You can also enable/disable/modify the shortcut through System PreferencesKeyboardSpotlightShow Spotlight Window:

  • That was it, thanks! (I kept looking in the keyboard area of system preferences)
    – Kirk Woll
    Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 16:12
  • @KirkWoll It's also in the keyboard pane! :) (See edit)
    – grg
    Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 16:13
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    you're right! I think the main problem is I didn't realize that "Search My Mac" window had anything to do with "Spotlight". :)
    – Kirk Woll
    Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 16:14

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