Hide Windows Applications from Spotlight

Discussion in 'Installation and Configuration of Parallels Desktop' started by Edd, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. Edd

    Edd Member

    I'm sure it's been mentioned, but I only want the Office 2007 applications visible by spotlight, is there a way to properly configure Parallels to do that?

    I could delete the listings in the applications folder, but don't want to break anything.

    As an aside. I've been a Parallels User since b4 release, and have been reasonably happy. With a clean install for leopard and a clean install of all mac apps I decided to create a new VM with XP rather than migrate the old VM from tiger (it had been updated from 2.5 to 3). The old one was running about the same speed in leopard as it was in tiger.

    It's so fast now I'm no longer using office 2004 under rosetta..just 2007 under XP.

    So maybe some issues raised in these forums have to do with general windows decline slowing the VM up rather than anything parallels is (or isn't) doing.. This certainly was true in my case.

    Just FYI.

    Help on hiding applications from spotlight would be appreciated.


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  2. Alicia

    Alicia Parallels Team


    there is a way to hide all Windows applications from Spotlight but I suppose it is not possible to exclude particular applications, unfortunately.
    Anyway, you can contact Apple support about Spotlight possible features.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2008
  3. Edd

    Edd Member

    This is also a throroughly unsatisfying answer.

    So what happens i I delete the .app entries in the parallels folder?

    Does parallels expect entries to be there and so not function normally?
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 14, 2008
  4. Alicia

    Alicia Parallels Team


    if you mean those .app files which are located in the VM folder->Windows Applications, they were created bucause of enabled Smart Select. If you delete them, they will appear again after you run the program in Windows.
  5. alive

    alive Bit poster

    Any progress with this??

    I would like to hide or block windows apps results entering my spotlight results.

    Is the position of Parallels for me to contact Apple about this??

    Many thanks,

  6. Nentecular

    Nentecular Member

    Just stop Spotlight from indexing your VMs and this problem will be resolved.

    Click on Spotlight from within System preferences, go to the Privacy section and drag the folder containing your VMs into it (or use the + button at the bottom and select your VM folder that way).

    That should stop Spotlight returning your Windows Applications.
  7. RyanT

    RyanT Bit poster

    This doesn't quite work, but I've found what does.

    If you go into your Spotlight preferences and then the Privacy section, click the + to add a new location, and navigate to your Applications folder. In there you should find folders titled something like "Windows 7 Applications" for each Windows VM you're running.

    Add those folders to the "Prevent" list in Spotlight, and only your Mac apps will show up in Spotlight.

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  8. duckworth

    duckworth Bit poster

    What I did to allow only a few specific apps to show in spotlight was to remove the shortcuts from spotlight as specified above and then copy a few of the shortcuts that I wanted over to a folder that is still indexed by spotlight.
  9. BenjaminThomas

    BenjaminThomas Bit poster

    I am also thoroughly

    I just bought Parallels and am also thoroughly that this isn't located in parallel preferences. Stuff like Windows update shouldn't have a .app created. Spotlight can be trained to deal with this but it's a huge hassle, it's more of your responsibility.
  10. jefferis

    jefferis Member

    Can't stop Spotlight

    I need to know how to stop Spotlight from indexing Parallels volumes for Mt. Lion and Windows 7. As soon as I boot up Windows, my computer slows to a crawl.
    I have tried to use Privacy settings but it doesn't see the VM disks... or can 't add them.

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