Questions about Spotlight, a system-wide desktop search feature of Apple's OS X and iOS operating system.

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Changed default mail client, but Spotlight still opens Mail.App; how to change it?

Because of some other bugs with Mail.App's handling of certain email formats, I've installed Thunderbird to give that a try. I configured it to be the default (from the Mail.App preferences). That ...
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Unable to re-enable Spotlight on Volume

I've been trying to debug a "Waiting for index to be ready" issue with my Time Machine volume, and one piece of advice that I've encountered is re-creating the Spotlight index on the volume. To do ...
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mdimport - bad packing

While forcing the index of a folder on an external drive through the command line (mdimport), I get "bad packing" pushed to stdout. Anyone have an idea what this rather cryptic error means?
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Is there a way to limit OS X when searching for apps?

My issue is that OS X is finding multiple versions of applications. When opening a file with the "Open with ..." option, I see multiple versions of an app. This is being caused by having multiple OS ...
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Why is “Spotlight Web Content” using so much VRAM and CPU?

Why is “Spotlight Web Content” using so much (32.56 GB) virtual RAM and CPU (up to 122.41% apparently)? More interestingly, how can I prevent it from doing so? I am running this MacBook Pro with 4GB ...
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How to change top right menubar spotlight icon to alfreds'

I have disabled spotlight search to and assigned the spotlight's keyboard shortcut to alfred. The only thing I am left to do is to change change top right menubar spotlight icon to alfreds'. How to do ...
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How to gain insight into spotlight index?

I'd like to get a list of all indexed files and their path that spotlight came across. How would I do that ? mdutil does not seem to be of any help.
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Different Spotlight preferences per boot volume

In my Mac Pro, I have two boot volumes — one stable with Mavericks and one for testing Yosemite. When running Mavericks, I want Spotlight to ignore the entire Yosemite volume, and vice versa. But ...
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How to disable spotlight for Alfred

I use Alfred instead of spotlight but sometimes I accidentally press cmd + space( Spotlight Shortcut ) instead of double shift( Alfred Shortcut ). I want to disable Spotlight( shortcut + not run it in ...
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Why does my iPod Touch show Spotlight differently?

I have an iPod Touch 5th gen (latest). After I upgraded to iOS 8.2, the Spotlight display looks like the following. Instead of the icons fading out to nearly invisible (as it does on my iPad and an ...
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Spotlight icon missing on Yosemite

The Spotlight icon isn't showing up in the upper right; even if I try to launch it manually from core services, nothing happens. I'm running Yosemite. How can I get the icon back?
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How to find the file address location for a file found in Spotlight

The Spotlight application handily locates files for opening immediately. However, I want to know the found file's address from Spotlight in order to navigate to that location in Finder and move the ...
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Spotlight makes repeated http requests

I'm running Little Snitch and every time I open Spotlight to find something it makes a bunch of http requests out to various websites, some I've visited in the past some I've absolutely no idea about. ...
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Giving opacity to Spotlight

I constantly find myself ⌘CMD+Space to do some arithmetic based off numbers I have in front of me. The problem is, as soon as I've entered the first operation, Spotlight expands and opens over ...
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Add Folder to Spotlight Index in Yosemite

I found a link somewhere that uses mdimport -f command, however, when using it on the command line, I got the message that says warning, the -f option has been obsoleted, and does nothing. So, ...
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Can I add more math constants to Spotlight search?

You can use pi to do calculations, but I also want to add tau and more math constants, is there a way to do this?
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Why does Spotlight pick the DVD Player app when I enter the math equation 5*3?

I only use Spotlight for quick math. Because of that, I decided to modify my Spotlight preferences (System Preferences -> Spotlight -> Search Results) to only show results for Conversion and ...
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Automator “Filter Finder Items” issues with spotlight

When using an automator workflow with the following actions: Get Specified Finder Items (some zip files) Open Finder Items (with an unzipping utility) Move Finder Items (to an existing folder) ...
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Toggle Between Apps using keywords in app title

Is it possible on a mac os x 10.10 to toggle between applications using keywords in title of an application? Let's say I have several opened sublime text 3 instances: sublime text 3 app with folder ...
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Use English layout when open Spotlight

I have two different keyboard layouts but use the local language only for some chatting or a web search. I'd like to have an English layout when I call Spotlight to instantly open apps or to look for ...
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How to search for .zip files instead of all compressed files?

How do you search for a file of a specific type in OS X Yosemite? I cannot seem to find any instructions on how to do this. In the Finder search I enter: kind:zip But it returns all compressed ...
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How Finder can find this file with long name?

Macbook Air 1.3GHz Intel Core i5 8GB Memory DDR3 OSX Yosemite This is because of the long name, I think: Hans-Jorg Oestern, Otmar Lorenz Trentz, Lorem Ipsum Lorem Vascular Injuries- Trauma ...
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Can I add a mdimporter file to have new option search in spotlight?

In System/Library/spotlight there are several files like " Application.mdimporter " which seems they appropriate searching for spotlight. Can I add any file like them? Is there any way to make files ...
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Only the spinning beachball when I try to open anything from spotlight

I can't start any programs or open any document from the spotlight since yesterday. It finds the right program / document, but when I press enter I only get the spinning beachball for about 40 ...
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Does Spotlight index dotfiles (OS X Yosemite)?

I want to create an Alfred workflow with some dotfiles (i.e. zsh config files). Long story short, in Alfred, I only can play with files indexed by Spotlight. Apparently, Spotlight doesn't index ...
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Picasa Face 'albums' How to Apply to Spotlight Finder Tags and/or Comments?

Goal: All the Tags and Faces in Picasa, written to Comments (or Tags) in Finder Spotlight 'Get Info' area - for searching. I'd like to do this via Folder action, automator or applescript, if possible! ...
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Spotlight preview broken in Yosemite

I recently discovered this nice little spotlight feature in that you can convert a number of bytes into a human readable format. E.g you can type 2147483648 bytes and it will give the corresponding ...
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Search result -> filename instead of name (For smart folders)

Can anybody help me out. I want to create a smartfolder with all my mp3's. I renamed all my mp3's to correct full name. For example: Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight.mp3 When I create a smart ...
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Applescript to update MP3 Spotlight tag from iTunes tag

Here is my situation. I have a large iTunes library that has songs tagged with the "Year" in iTunes. I have a Hazel Rule for the noodlesoft hazel software which reads from Finder's "Year Recorded" ...
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How exclude a specific folder from spotlight search but not from search window?

I'm trying to set up my Mac so that it will exclude files in a folder called 'XYZ' from the search results in spotlight only. The reason is because these files are mostly private, and I don't want ...
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How do I turn on calculator in spotlight without enabling conversions?

In Yosemite spotlight sends all requests to multiple third parties depending on your settings. I've disabled all of these options, leaving "Calculator, System Preferences and Applications" out of ...
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Yosemite Spotlight on Client not index server shared folder

I've a Mac Mini Server (Yosemite server) where is located the folder: 'Studio'. This folder is shared in the same network. I've a Client iMac (Yosemite) that access to that folder 'Studio' located on ...
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Yosemite Spotlight Calculator suddenly stopped working

I use Spotlight's Calculator feature occasionally, but I've noticed that it has stopped working recently. Instead I get a "No Results" message: I've verified that Calculator is enabled in ...
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How can I see when the Spotlight index was re-indexed for the last time?

How can I see when the Spotlight index was (manually) re-indexed for the last time?
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Spotlight fails to load after Time Machine restore - crashes continuously

Problem description: After having made the mistake of running a Unix command that altered more files than I intended and possibly damaged the file system, I decided to restore to a previous state with ...
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How to Spotlight index a folder under /private/var

I got a directory /private/var/directory that I'd like to index using Spotlight. It looks like everything under /private/var/ is excluded from indexing. I tried to import it using: mdimport ...
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Two problems in Yosemite in French: Spotlight and Ctrl + More, how to fix them?

My OS is in French. 1) I open Spotlight and converted any currency to ARS (Argentinean peso), but Spotlight doesn't recognise this currency. It doesn't recognise AR, ARS, $AR, $ARS, Argentinean peso, ...
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How can I find all *old* Keynote presentations on my computer?

I have some old Keynote presentations. When I try to open them with the latest Keynote (6.5.2 (2119)), I get the following warning: This presentation can’t be opened because it’s too old. To open it, ...
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Any way to hack Yosemite Spotlight to work in Mavericks?

Just reverted back to Mavericks from Yosemite; too many CUDA issues. But the one thing I miss is the new Spotlight. Any way to get it to work in Mavericks? Or has the whole md index structure ...
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File in /.Spotlight-V100 on bad block

So I have a file /.Spotlight-V100/Store-V2/9ED490D0-6169-4B28-A1B6-46E34ABD0CD1/5.indexPositions which when read causes an IO error disk1: I/O error. 0 [Level 3] [Facility ...
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Spotlight server is disabled on OS X 10.10

My Spotlight Server seems to be disabled. Trying any mdutil commands result in: sudo mdutil -a -i off 2015-01-23 21:36:57.318 mdutil[65971:6745925] Metadata.framework [Error]: mdsCopyStorePaths ...
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Flashing icons (crashing gui) in OSX Yosemite

Since yesterday the icons on the top-right of my macbook (yosemite) are constantly flashing. Looking at system.log it seems like the gui is crashing and restarting every second. Here is a copy of the ...
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How to fix Spotlight size bug

How do I fix the bug in Spotlight where it doesn't display correctly in some resolutions? I'm using a smaller resolution and it's appearing wrong. (Specifically, mine is: Macbook Air 11-inch at 1152 x ...
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Using a keyword that contains a space in a Spotlight search?

I'd like to run a Spotlight search to find all email messages that contain a specific attachment: attachment names:screenshot I tried the keyword "attachment names" in the Spotlight search window ...
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Process named after website executing?

While looking at Activity Monitor processes, I noticed a process whose name started with "http://". Shortly after observing and screenshoting the process disappeared. This morning, it briefly ...
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How to restore Spotlight user interface after killing it with Cocktail?

I installed an App called cocktail and disabled spotlight. But now the Application does not start and it gives an error of some sort. I deleted the App and I do not have Spotlight anymore. Can I ...
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iOS8: Spotlight keyboard missing

When I open Spotlight on iOS8 on my iPhone 6 Plus I get the Spotlight Search but occasionally I have no keyboard. Any suggestions how I get the keyboard back other than rebooting which takes a ...
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Mavericks Spotlight Can't Find Files

i am looking at a file in finder (/Users/user/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.8.6-p420/gems/mysql2-0.3.17/lib/mysql2.rb ---- I'm listing all this in case Spotlight can's go this deep). i ask spotlight to find it ...
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App launcher application that will search calendar?

I often find myself searching my calendar (iCloud) for past events, usually within the last six months, and would really like to be able to do this from one of the many application launchers out there ...
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Spotlight does not seem to work in finding apps

I have a Spotlight to search for the applications. However, nothing shows up when I searched the application. What might be wrong? I use Yosemite, and I made sure that spotlight works with this ...