Spotlight seems to always suggest the wrong thing and doesn't learn when I don't choose the Top Hit.

Is it possible to change the priorities of Spotlight? The internet suggests that there has been a way to edit keywords (or Spotlight comments) under "right click/Get Info". But there is no such thing here in Yosemite anymore.

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Preferences -> Spotlight -> Search Results allows you to change the order of results by reordering categories. As far as specific items within a category, this answer suggests that Spotlight is supposed to learn the Top Hit from what you choose over time: Changing OS X Spotlight priorities for specific applications.

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  • If there's some better way I'd love to know. Most people who address this sort of question say to use a third-party launcher, but Spotlight is getting quite capable and I personally found the launchers I tried to be too complex to get started easily (QuickSilver, which I had very high hopes for, and Alfred, which I also had high hopes for some months after giving up on QuickSilver).
    – Paul
    Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 19:30
  • Just now I saw Spotlight learn a new top hit, so I can verify that it definitely learns in at least some cases. In this case it had previously learned a particular spreadsheet was a top hit, and quickly learned that I now favored a new version of it that had a different name.
    – Paul
    Commented Nov 19, 2014 at 17:12
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    Top Hits are still on the top and are considered more important
    – TomTom
    Commented Nov 21, 2014 at 18:56
  • I assume your custom Top Hit didn't replace an apple program like iTunes. For example if I type in "music" iTunes will always show up first, no matter how often I pick the other result.
    – TomTom
    Commented Nov 21, 2014 at 18:59
  • Correct, it simply replaced a prior document I usually opened with a new one that I now favor.
    – Paul
    Commented Nov 24, 2014 at 15:10

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