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I noticed recently (could be caused by upgrade to 10.10.4) that Spotlight is changing order of the search results dynamically as you type and OS X installed apps have no more the highest priority (I am almost sure this was the case before).

For example searching for the Caffeine app:

  1. Open Spotlight
  2. Type "caf"

The top hit starts off with the app I'm looking for (yay!)

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  1. Press "f" so the search term is now "caff"

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Wikipedia entry is now the first result and hitting enter opens the Safari.app instead of the Caffeine.app :(

I mostly used Spotlight for quick app opening, which is now much slower because I always have to double-check that I am actually opening the app instead of Safari.

Is it somehow possible to disable this behavior or prioritize installed apps over Internet search results?

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System Preferences lets you choose what is displayed, but (since 10.9?) it no longer lets you select the order/priority of results. It would be nice to have that functionality back. I find that I'm constantly opening/launching something I didn't mean to because of the dynamic ordering of results in 10.11.

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I have noticed that as I use Spotlight, it begins to "learn" my search preferences.

For example: search caf, then select Caffeine. Repeat.

After a few times, Caffeine should become the dominant result.


Additionally, you can turn on or off what Spotlight returns in System Preferences.

  • Go to  > System Preferences
  • Select Spotlight
  • In the Search Results tab, deselect items you don't wish to see in results.

Spotlight Preferences

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While we can't reorganize these easily you can at least filter the search. You can use any of these filters:

kind:application
kind:applications
kind:app
kind:contact
kind:contacts
kind:folder
kind:folders
kind:image
kind:images
kind:movie
kind:movies
kind:music
kind:audio
kind:jpeg
kind:pict
kind:text
kind:rtf
kind:osxdaily
kind:pdf
kind:pdfs
kind:system preferences
kind:preferences
kind:bookmark
kind:bookmarks
kind:font
kind:fonts
kind:presentations
kind:presentation
kind:email
kind:emails
kind:mail message kind:mail messages
kind:event
kind:events
kind:reminder
kind:reminders

And even

kind:application
kind:pdf
kind:jpeg
kind:word
kind:folder
kind:image
kind:audio
date:today
date:yesterday
date:>1/1/2016

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Try adding a Tag to the item to see if that helps.

  1. focus on the item and cmd+I to Get Info.
  2. In the "Add Tags" field, add something like caff.

In my experience, the Tags seem to bump up the item in Spotlight.

  • For my purpose, it seems we can't add comments or tags to System Preferences app in Finder, unfortunately. – jtheletter Dec 7 '18 at 23:40

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