How can I remove dictionary results from Spotlight results? I've typed "chrome" into Spotlight and looked up chrome in the Dictionary one too many times, and now opening Chrome takes an extra keystroke.

I've seen comments about defaults write com.apple.spotlight DictionaryLookupEnabled NO, but this doesn't seem to work with Mac OS 10.8, even after a sudo killall -u _spotlight.

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    Just start Chrome via Spotlight a few times and it should move to the top again.
    – nohillside
    Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 19:54

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TinkerTool also allows you to change this preference via a GUI (rather than a Terminal command). It's under Applications > Spotlight:

Note that you will have to log out and back in for the changes to take effect.

  • Open /Applications/Utilities/Terminal
  • Enter defaults write com.apple.spotlight DictionaryLookupEnabled NO
  • Log out and Log back in

Please note that on some versions of OS X, Spotlight is part of the SystemUIServer process, and therefore cannot be killed using killall Spotlight.

  • Thanks for the clarifications in the edit comment, I've included them in the answer now to avoid further re-edits of this part.
    – nohillside
    Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 20:59

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