Prevent Spotlight from searching specific locations
Written by Brent Sheets
If you share your Mac with family members, friends or coworkers, you may have folders, or even an entire hard drive, that you wish to preclude from Spotlight searches. Need a little privacy? Here’s how to prevent Spotlight from searching specific locations.
Open the Spotlight preferences by going toand clicking the icon button.
Next, click thetab and then the . As an aside, Apple calls these little plus/minus buttons .
When you click the AddButton, a Choose Dialog will slide down, allowing you to add locations to the Spotlight privacy list. As noted on the Privacy tab page, drag-and-drop is allowed – so feel free to simply drag locations from the Finder or Desktop to the Spotlight privacy list.