I use Alfred instead of spotlight but sometimes I accidentally press cmd + space( Spotlight Shortcut ) instead of double shift( Alfred Shortcut ). I want to disable Spotlight( shortcut + not run it in background as well ) so might not open it. Also, does Alfred use spotlight file indexing if yes then I might not want to disable that but if no I would like to disable that as well.

In the "System Preferences" app select "Spotlight" from the top row. Now, uncheck the box titled "Spotlight search keyboard shortcut:"

I set the Alfred keyboard shortcut to Command-Space, which works a bit like Alfred on stock Yosemite machines.

If you want to keep the ability to search Spotlight with a keyboard shortcut, you could also change the shortcut using the popup menu to the right of the checkbox.

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    what about fileIndexing does Alfred use spotlight's fileIndexing ? – Abhimanyu Aryan Mar 23 '15 at 21:53
  • Yes it does. You are not turning off spotlight, just the keyboard shortcut. – Ɱark Ƭ Mar 23 '15 at 22:13
  • Disabling file indexing: osxdaily.com/2011/12/10/… – javatarz Oct 3 '15 at 13:58

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