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DISABLING THE SPOTLIGHT IN OS X 10.5

How to disable the spotlight in Leopard

Here is small tip to disable the spotlight, if you don't want it to work, just move these two files to another safe location and then reboot your mac.

/System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.Spotlight.plist
/System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.metadata.mds.plist

If you want to re-enable Spotlight just move those files back to their previous/original location, reboot your Mac and Spotlight will start working again. Please make sure that you backup these files, if by any chance you delete them, you will not be able to reactivate Spotlight without a reinstalling the OS.

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