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Spotlight Emulator

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Spotlight Emulator

Spotlight emulator is a widget for Yahoo Widget Engine that will emulate Mac OS X spotlight. Its using Google Desktop Search for the search engine so you need to install Google Desktop Search first before installing this widget.

To install with Toolbar Icon:
1. Change the extension from zip to widget.
2. Right click the Spotlight Icon and in the Windows tab, choose Topmost
3. Drag the widget over your taskbar, using the Drag Me Around text (might be hard to read, if you try to drag the icon it will just open the results bar over it)
4. Click on the Spotlight icon
5. Drag the results bar (the other window that spawned in the center) right under the taskbar’s Spotlight icon
6. Right click the Spotlight icon and in the Windows tab choose Lock Positions
7. To remove the Drag Me Around text, in the Display tab, disable Show Drag Me Around

OR, if you don’t care for a working taskbar icon

1. Change the extension from zip to widget.
2. Click the Spotlight Icon and in the General Tab, choose to disable the Taskbar Icon and Drag Me Around Text
3. Drag the results bar wherever you want and lock positions if desired

Note: Once you’ve done all of that (a hassle), it is recommended that you disable checking for the security code because it’s a buggy piece of work.

Developer : inktri
Version : 1.0
Filesize : 56KB
Requirements: Yahoo! Widgets Engine

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Comment by Neo on 2006-09-20 15:00:22

There is no “Drag me around” text…

Comment by Nathan Hatter on 2006-10-26 01:22:08

hi, i followed the instructions but the spotlight icon still wont lock in position!…the search bar will do no problem but when i click save the spotlight icon just goes back to where is origanlly spawned!…any advice would be appreciated!


Comment by Superfluousbanter on 2006-11-12 02:44:11

I’m having the same problem as Nathan.

Comment by MSThug on 2007-01-26 04:08:52

Then just edit the settings first and leave Locked Windows Positions Unticked and Drag Me Around text unticked… Best you can do…

Comment by MSThug on 2007-01-26 04:46:06

Sorry for the double post but all you have to do is drag the part that says Drag me around to the taskbar… And the Search part under that… And then right click the little Yahoo! Widget Engine tray icon and go into Widget Preferences and then click GoogleSpotLight then you edit the stuff there and when you click save it doesn’t respawn at the original spot!

Comment by Dar on 2007-02-01 15:16:37

That solution doesn’t seem to work either. And I can’t get it to stay above ObjectBar either. OB steals the focus regardless of the Level of Window setting. That and every time I change any setting even from the widget preferences in the task bar, the widget returns to its spawn point.

Comment by paaco on 2007-02-10 14:57:06

hi everybody,
i had the same problem as Nathan. All i did was that i maked the “use tray hot area” option in Spotlight emulator options. than it stayed locked in position.
works perfectly now!!
(sorry for my english)

Comment by alabanco on 2007-03-18 18:09:55


I did exactly how you said in your last post but still the same problem - it shifts to the original place just right in the center of the screen

Comment by smallville on 2007-06-12 23:55:59

hey! i’ve just downloaded this soft but i don’t know how to install it……. can nyone help me?

Comment by DBrenz on 2007-06-29 15:52:07

Smallville: just tell Yahoo Widget Engine to open it. The computer does not know which program to use even if you tell it. Just say “Open Widget” from Yahoo!
Good luck


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