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I have set Spotlight preferences to show System Preferences first, and not show Webpages:

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and yet these seem to be ignored:

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Specifically:

  • the "top hit" is never a System Preference. (Although the first result after it always is, if relevant.)
  • web searches are always included.

Is there a way to fix this? I'm using a recently updated Mavericks.

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After a bit of investigation, I realise this was mostly a misunderstanding:

  • reordering the categories doesn't affect what gets chosen as "top hit"
  • the "web searches" are not "web pages". Web searches are always shown.

So: Spotlight preferences are taken into account, they just don't affect those two things.

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