Don't hate me but I love using Finder's spotlight feature.

In Yosemite they changed Spotlight (I like the changes) but they moved the spotlight dialog position to the center of the screen. I want to move it back to the upper right side of my screen (where it used to live). Also is there a way to darken the background of spotlight results. Spotlight gets lost among the mass of windows I have open.

Thanks in advance! C

2 Answers 2


Unfortunately, I don't think anyone has discovered a way to move it back other than to downgrade your OS. I do not understand your second question!

  • Thanks for your fast answer. The second question regards changing the background color of spotlight results. I tend to have too many windows open. The spotlight results window is not distinct enough for me. It gets lost among the sea of windows I have open.
    – craig
    Oct 27, 2014 at 18:32
  • Hi Craig, yet again, I don't think it is possible. Sorry! Please vote my answer if it helps.
    – Nick
    Oct 27, 2014 at 19:41

There's no way to move the Spotlight dialog as far as I know, but enabling dark mode (System Preferences > General > "Use dark menu bar and Dock") will switch the dialog to a dark background.

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