How do I hide content from Spotlight search?

The spotlight was firstly introduced on the Mac in 2005, primarily as a revamped means of searching the files and documents. Its features have made it easy to locate the files when you’re actually puzzled to find where they are.

Spotlight search

Spotlight Search works through multiple categories to shortly get you the results you are looking for. However, you can find out which categories are actively being used by Spotlight on your Mac in the Search Result pane.

With Spotlight, you can easily find apps, documents, and any other files present on your Mac. And with Spotlight Suggestions on the screen, you can also get news, weather, sports, and many more things.

But if there are sensitive documents in a specific location that you don’t want to be seen or searched, you can customize the Spotlight to hide those documents and not to look in those locations.

Here’s how you can hide content from Spotlight search:

  • Tap on the Menu button on the top left corner of your screen.
  • Tap System Preferences.
  • Tap the Spotlight.
  • Tap Privacy.
  • Here, tap on the (+) add button. This button is a Plus sign. You will find it at the bottom left of the Window.
  • Choose the item you don’t want to be searched by Spotlight.
  • After that, tap Choose, and you’re good to go!

Hope this information will be useful to you; let us know in the comment box!

James thomas is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at

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