A CDE Definition
The desktop search function in Mac OS X, starting with Version 10.4. Spotlight lets users search for data located within almost any type of file stored in the computer. Spotlight can also perform Boolean searches. AND is implied by searching for multiple words; however, OR can be stated with the | symbol. For example, Web | Internet means search for documents that contain the word "Web" or the word "Internet."
As is customary, in order to speed up desktop searching, Mac OS X indexes all the files in the computer. See desktop search.
Spotlight Category Preferences
A stand-alone application or function built into the operating system that is used to find data in a user's computer, including the built-in drives and any external drives that may be connected. Desktop search is standard in Windows and Mac, and users can search file and folder names, the meta-data (title, author, etc.) within multimedia files and the content of popular file formats such as word processing documents, spreadsheets, email messages and contact lists. The Web can also be added to the search.
Indexes are the Key to Quick Searches
In order to search the computer quickly, desktop search programs create and maintain indexes of the computer's files. It can take several minutes to index all the files the first time; however, subsequent file additions and deletions are indexed in real time.
Enterprise search extends desktop search across the local network, allowing authorized users to search for data in servers and other users' computers. See Google Desktop and Win Desktop search.
The Mac's Desktop Search
Before/After Your Search Term
|spot beam||Spreadsheet Connector|
|spot color||spreadsheet program|
|SPOT watch||spreadsheet tutorial|
Terms By Topic
Click any of the following categories for a list of fundamental terms.