478 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 9, 2007 7:25 AM by stmidnite
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.
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.
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.
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....