If you are primarily an OS X user, you may rely on the keyboard shortcut for accessing the Help menu’s search field (Cmd-Shift-?). As someone who is accustomed to doing lots of (lazy, IDE-assisted) typing, it is by far the fastest way for me to get to menu items in all Mac apps, without setting up all sorts of exotic keyboard shortcuts that put my hands through gymnastic routines. It also has the benefit that I never need to learn menu structures or navigate to deep items.
As a testament to how much time I’ve been spending in Maya lately, I unfortunately only noticed today that this feature no longer exists in Maya 2014! Sean Donnelly at Autodesk helpfully explained the problem. In short, because the operating system automatically takes control of menus called “Help”, they were unable to get some of the new UI features to work with it (e.g., the super helpful “What’s New” highlighting scheme they’ve added). Consequently, the help menu label in Maya is now “Help “. If you want to get the spotlight search back, there are a number of ways you can approach the problem, but I found it easiest to add a dummy menu with the following simple snippet in my userSetup.py:
import sys import maya.cmds as cmds import maya.mel as mel import maya.utils as utils if mel.eval('getApplicationVersionAsFloat') >= 2014 and sys.platform == 'darwin': deferred_command = \ """ cmds.menu( 'SpotlightHelpMenu', parent=mel.eval('$gMainWindow = $gMainWindow;'), tearOff=False, label='Help', familyImage='menuIconHelp.png' ) """ utils.executeDeferred(deferred_command)