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Remove Spotlight menubar icon

by Antoine - Categories : OS Apple

I've been looking for turning off Spotlight indexing, but as a perfectionist ;p, I want the disgracious menubar icon to be removed and continue to use the standard Finder window search.

Remove Spotlight menubar icon

Open the Terminal, type these two lines and you're done. This also disable the Alt-Cmd-Space shortcut.

$ sudo chmod 600 /System/Library/CoreServices/Search.bundle/Contents/MacOS/Search
$ killall SystemUIServer

Get the icon back

Obviously you can bring it back the same way.

$ sudo chmod 755 /System/Library/CoreServices/Search.bundle/Contents/MacOS/Search
$ killall SystemUIServer

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