7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 9, 2007 7:25 AM by stmidnite
Cameron MacDonald Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
Does anybody know how to disable the "search for" function?
I don't care for it for two reasons:
1) I don't particularly want anybody to know what applications or documents I was dealing with 'today', 'yesterday' or during the past week.
2) "search for" does not just present a list of applications and documents (like 'recent items' in the Apple menu). It gives you a listing of the actual applications and actual documents. So, if you want to delete the list, you would end up sending the actual applications and documents to the Trash. This is not an ideal situation.

iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • 1. Re: "search for" in Finder sidebar
    Chris Welbon Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
    You can either just drag those out of the sidebar like any other sidebar item. They'll then disappear in a puff of smoke when you let go outside of the sidebar.

    OR you can go to the Sidebar pane of the Preferences in the Finder menu, and disable all of the default searches by unchecking the checkboxes.
  • 2. Re: "search for" in Finder sidebar
    Cameron MacDonald Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
    Thank you for the advice, Chris.
    Unfortunately, both suggestions only hide the search process. In other words, "search for" still faithfully records your applications and documents in the background. The next time you enable a "search for" box in Finder Preferences, all the information shows up as before.
    I would like to know if there is a way to disable this feature. I particularly don't think it is good that
    these items can be put in the Trash, as they are the originals, and not just a list of aliases.
  • 3. Re: "search for" in Finder sidebar
    Chris Welbon Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
    I see. I misunderstood your question. I don't know of a way to disable the "search for" entirely, but I would guess disabling Spotlight would do the trick.

    As for the results in smart folders being original items and not aliases, I don't see that as a problem. (Maybe I'm misunderstandig that too.) What would be the point of deleting items in the smart folder if they were simply aliases? In other words, the original items would still be present in their original locations; why would you ever feel the need to delete their aliases?

    It's much much more powerful to see the original items in smart folders. If you want to delete the items, you can. If you don't...don't.
  • 4. Re: "search for" in Finder sidebar
    e.s.blofeld Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Chris Welbon wrote:
    I see. I misunderstood your question. I don't know of a way to disable the "search for" entirely, but I would guess disabling Spotlight would do the trick.


    great, this is like if you smell something bad stop breathing
    seriously i am also looking for a way to disable this
  • 5. Re: "search for" in Finder sidebar
    Chris Welbon Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
    I didn't say it was optimal.

    But just as "seriously," disabling Spotlight is the only way to keep someone from doing a search in the Finder (cmd+F) for all files whose last-opened date is "today"....

    ....which would return a list of files that matched the "Today" item in the Search For box, and is about the same amount of work as re-enabling the Today item via the Finder prefs.

    So....I guess you'll have to stop breathing....
  • 6. Re: "search for" in Finder sidebar
    Cameron MacDonald Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
    Interesting comments from both of you. Personally. I think having "Recent Items" in the Apple Menu is good enough for me. To have all these other "search for" criteria complicates my life un-necessarily.
    Hope someone (maybe Apple) comes up with a work-around.
  • 7. Re: "search for" in Finder sidebar
    stmidnite Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm looking for a solution to turn off this feature permanently too.