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I want to hide TOP HIT, FOLDERS and DEVELOPER catalogues. The only item I expect is DEFINITION. Is there any way to do this? Here is my current preference, but it doesn't work.

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This post can't solve my question, because

  1. I haven't installed Xcode, and I don't want to install such a huge application on my 128G MBA.
  2. I don't want to search files on my disk at all.
  • Small note for the future: you don't need to use Xcode to edit .plist files: you can edit them as plain text and they'll still work, the only difference is that Xcode adds protections and makes it look pretty.
    – JMY1000
    Apr 28, 2016 at 22:10

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Open the terminal, and execute

touch /Applications/Xcode.app

A zero-sized file named Xcode.app will be created under that path. Now you are able to see and hide the DEVELOPER catalogue in System Preferences -> Spotlight. Just like this:

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