Remove Windows OS Applications from Spotlight Search.

Discussion in 'Installation and Configuration' started by ariestav, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. ariestav

    ariestav Bit Poster

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    Hi There,

    Is it possible to have Spotlight *not* find Windows-based applications? I tend to use Spotlight to launch applications, and in some cases I inadvertantly click on an app that must run in Parallels. I don't want that to happen because I just don't want to launch Parallels Desktop unless I do so explicitly. I know I can configure Spotlight to catalog certain things, but not others. However, I am more interested in just disabling the applications installed on the Windows guest OS. IUf you have any tips, suggestions, or advice to disable them, please share! Thank you for your time and help!
     
  2. MikeMo

    MikeMo

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    System Preferences/Spotlight/Privacy Click on the "+" button and choose the directory:

    /Users/"your home folder"/Applications

    to exclude it from the spotlight search.
     
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  3. ariestav

    ariestav Bit Poster

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    Thank you, that was exactly what I was looking for. Works perfectly!
     
  4. eltoozero

    eltoozero

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    There's a built-in way, don't use that method.

    Virtual Machine menu > Configure > Applications section > Disable "Share Windows Applications with Mac"
     
  5. If I just want to delete from ~/Applications/<VM NAME> Appliations/ will the be created again? For example if I spotlight search for Quickbooks I wish to see that, but I don't want to see Windows Notepad or Calculator, nor do I want any way to access it from MacOS. I know I could remove the components inside Windows XP but I would rather leave it alone as it runs very stable.
     
  6. Smudge2

    Smudge2

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    Unfortunately it won't work. If you remove the application link, it will be put back either when the application is accessed within the VM or when you reboot the VM the Parallels Tools will scan the VM for applications and rebuild the list.

    I would love if it could be an option within the preferences to selectively choose which applications are shared to the Mac side.
     
  7. JebinS

    JebinS

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    fixed

    Go to Spotlight settings. go to privacy and add Application (parallel) folder from user folder to prevent spotlight list
     
  8. TerranO

    TerranO Bit Poster

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    Hi JebinS,

    Unfortunately, your suggestion is not working, as you can see by this screenshot:

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    Steps taken:
    - System Preferences > Spotlight
    - Added "Applications (Parallels)" folder to Privacy (excludes)
    - Restarted


    Please advise - how can I keep the Parallels Windows 10 shortcuts from showing up in Spotlight?
     
  9. Arun@Parallels

    Arun@Parallels Parallels Support

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    Hi @TerranO , please let us know how may virtual machines you have.
     
  10. Kushtrim

    Kushtrim Bit Poster

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    Hi Arun, sorry how to check how many VM I have on Parallels 13?
     
  11. Ajith@Parallels

    Ajith@Parallels Parallels Support

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    You can check the number of virtual machines on Parallels Desktop Control Center. Confirm if you like to disable Application sharing or just Spotlight search result.
     

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