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

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Use `mdfind` for a date range on OS X

I can't figure this out. How can I use mdfind on OS X to find all photos with creation date between say March 10th, 2008 and March 15th, 2008? using mdfind 'kMDItemFSCreationDate = 2008-03-10 12:30:...
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Prevent spotlight from indexing folders with a certain name

Is there a way to globally ignore folders with a certain name (say node_modules) I know I can do it manually for each instance but I was wondering if its possible to just let spotlight know not to ...
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source for “date added” values in Trash folder

What's the source for the dates of the "Date Added" column when you open a Finder window for the Trash? Contrary to the answer in Is Lion's new "Date Added" field supposed to work in ...
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Spotlight constantly indexing, even after re-indexing

I am having a problem with Spotlight, as it is constantly indexing. I have followed a number of tips on how this issue can be solved, such as re-indexing, clearing user, font and system caches, ...
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Spotlight keyboard shortcut broken

I installed and removed Quicksilver and since that time the keyboard shortcut for Spotlight has not been working. I mean when I press cmd + space it should open spotlight search bar. I've been into ...
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OSX: Spotlight shows the content of locked notes

When I search in the spotlight for a locked note, I can see the content of that looked note. I went ahead and rebuilt the spotlight index, but still showing the content. Am I missing something here or ...
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Searching with spotlight the content of .json files

I was trying to search the content of .json files using spotlight but the results always return nothing .. I've also followed the solution suggested in here but it didn't work .. is there any other ...
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Get Spotlight to search in Caskroom subdirs (which is now in /usr/local/)

I'm using Homebrew with Caskroom and since a recent update, it installs the apps downloaded through brew cask within /usr/local/Caskroom/ I always used Spotlight to find and open these apps, but now ...
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Finding files with square brackets in filename

I have a ton of files - TOSEC ROM sets - on my Mac (El Capitan) that have filenames suffixed with a tag in square brackets - for example Manic Miner (1983)(Bug-Byte Software)[a] Manic Miner (1983)(...
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OSX10.11: Completely Disable Spotlight

Spotlight is driving me crazy. It has a constant CPU usage of 100-200% making my laptop run hot and reducing my battery life to half of what it used to be. This is my development machine and I can ...
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iOS 9 can't always find installed apps in the settings search results, why? Spotlight bug?

on iOS9 when you use the search bar in the settings you should see also installed apps preferences like this: Why can I get to this thing working only once every 100 times? Most of the time I only ...
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Spotlight search on iOS not showing options to search web/maps/App Store unless it has results from other apps

I am noticing something both on my iPad 2 and iPhone SE running iOS 9.3.2 that I don't recall seeing until today. When I do a spotlight search, it shows a list of results from different apps, and then ...
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El Capitan's Spotlight internet features are not working. e.g. it's not showing weather for my location

I have already restarted Mac 5 times and it did not work. My Mac is connected to the internet as I am posting this over the internet. I updated my Mac today and now it's running El Capitan 10.11.5 ...
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Spotlight search returns no results on iOS 9

The bug mentioned in this question continues: Spotlight search on iOS 9 returns no results. I've tried Sending myself an e-mail (yes really; this occasionally works for a few minutes) Toggling off ...
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How do I get spotlight to recognise custom tags on an external server?

I'm trying to sort files on an external server using custom tags, however spotlight doesn't seem to recognise the custom tags. It works successfully with the standard OSX tags (i.e. red, yellow, blue ...
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How to play an album on iTunes using only the keyboard?

Every time I want to start playing an album on iTunes I have to move my hands to the mouse or trackpad. I wonder if there is a way to avoid it, and just use the keyboard. The two main options I see ...
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Spotlight / Finder - search words within files and preview occurrence

When searching for specific words inside documents, upon getting the results, is there a way to then preview in the document where that word occurs without having to first open the document and ...
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What kind of data does Spotlight index and store on OS X?

With Spotlight it's possible to find almost anything on a Mac computer, but to know everything, Spotlight must keep this information somewhere. Regarding text (txt, doc, pages, etc,) files, Spotlight ...
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Apple Script for copying path and name and pasting it in Spotlight Comment box Mac OS X 10.9.5 (and 10.11.4)

I have a bunch of files to rename from someone else that sit inside folders and subfolders, and would like to copy the path and file name to the Spotlight comment of each file before I do anything ...
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Spotlight search bar doesn't show up in middle of screen

For some reason, when I activate Spotlight, the bar shows up in the top right part of the screen instead of the middle. I've tried restarting and connecting to an external monitor, to no avail.
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Spotlight randomly chose Chinese as dictionary language after El Capitan upgrade

After upgrading to El Capitan, suddenly Spotlight dictionary searches only show results in Chinese (I think). I have absolutely no idea why it chose Chinese, as I am not a user of that language. ...
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Single application not showing up in Spotlight

I have a strange issue where Matlab stubbornly refuses to appear in Spotlight search results. I'm not sure what information to provide besides the fact it clearly exists in Applications: It even ...
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How to hide files found in spotlight?

I want to hide TOP HIT, FOLDERS and DEVELOPER catalogues. The only item I expect is DEFINITION. Is there any way to do this? Here is my current preference, but it doesn't work. This post can't ...
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How to really exclude Time Machine Backups from Spotlight-indexing?

I try to exclude my TimeMachine-backup-storage from being indexed by spotlight and got some weird behaviour. The backup storage is a Time Capsule. To exclude it, i did the following in terminal: ...
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Extreme energy usage by Spotlight

I recently (two days ago) updated to El Capitan on my work machine (15" MBP, Mid 2015, 2.5 GHz Core i7, 16GB ram, R9 M370X, 500GB SSD) and ever since then, Spotlight has been draining my battery and ...
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How to Replace mdfind with any other tool for .tex?

I am trying to replace mdfind because of false search of .tex files as discussed in the thread How to search LaTeX -documents in Spotlight? However, I cannot find any well maintained solution for the ...
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Use spotlight (or Alfred) to open an existing chrome tab

I want to easily jump to gmail as one of many (many, many) open tabs in Chrome. If I could just type "gmail" into Spotlight and it would take me to that tab in Chrome, that would work great for me. ...
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Do Sophos and Spotlight conflict and if so, how can I run both applications without problems?

I just got a brand new 13" MacBook Pro at work. I have noticed that Spotlight has been running constantly giving me ~4 hours of battery life. The motivation for getting this laptop was to have the ...
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Index partition on Time Capsule and open on Startup

I recently reinstalled the OS on my MacBook Pro. All of my files are backed up on my Time Capsule. However, as my Mac is now running a zillion times faster without all the files on it, I decided not ...
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How to force spotlight to reimport index

I have a large remote (fuse-mounted) drive that I would like to be indexed with spotlight. After executing sudo mdutil -i on </path/to/volume> spotlight creates the .Spotlight-V100 directory ...
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How can I diagnose a spotlight 'hang'?

On Mac OS X 10.10.5 (Yosemite), the spotlight searching UI just says "indexing…" in the search results. It's been this way for at least 12+ hours of processing on a MBP with solid-state. I ...
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Removing a news source from iOS Spotlight Search

I like the headlines from Spotlight Search, but I hate that fact it displays many sites that have paywalls (e.g., LA Times, NY Times, etc). Is there a way to tell iOS not to show certain sites in the ...
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mac search for file type

I am trying to find mp3 and mp4 on my external hd. I tried to follow these methods here. How Can I Search A Specific Type of File in Mac? This did not work kind: mp3 kind: mp4 This was the only ...
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iPhone Spotlight not showing results

A few OS updates ago (maybe as far back at the first 9.x version?), Spotlight search on my iPhone has performed very inconsistently. I can enter the same search string several times, but I'd say no ...
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Wanted: Apple Script for copying file name and pasting it in Spotlight Comment box Mac OS X 10.8.5

Global Peace Mission Project looking for automating pre sorting movie file routines. Due to the instant impact inflow of third party YouTube contributions triggered by a blog launched March 22 after ...
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How to add a currency in Currency Conversion in calculator?

I love the calculator/spotlight currency conversion feature for osx 10.11, the problem I'm facing right now is that the currency I'm converting is USD to PhP (Philippine Peso) and it is also not in ...
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Show Library folder and subfolders in Spotlight Search

As a software developer, I often need to look into files within the Library folder. For quick access, I'd like to be able to see the files in my Spotlight searches. How can I do that?
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Mac El Capitan Spotlight XPC Connection Invalidated

I first started using El Capitan when the public beta was released. I continued to enjoy the snapping operating system until one day my laptop's SATA cable decided to give up on me. I got the cable ...
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How do I force Spotlight to stop corrupting my external hard drive and destroying my time machine backups?

I am at my wits end with this horrible technology. I've been through this cycle over and and over again. I explicitly tell spotlight not to index my external hard drive. It ignores my wishes and ...
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Mail search not finding messages but Spotlight does

When I search for a particular message in Mail.app, using the search field, even when I have the message in sight, Mail cannot find it. But, frustratingly, when I use Spotlight, it is able to find the ...
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Why can't Spotlight find an application I know is there?

I have this application called Cura Type A, but Spotlight cannot find it, even when I show all results in Finder... Anyone know why?
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In El Capitan has the ability to search within dialog boxes for items on a server changed?

In the previous version of OSX I had I was able to (for example) go into InDesign, use the 'Place' option to open a dialog box and then select the folder on the server I wanted to search in and then ...
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How do I get a lone missing app to appear in Spotlight searches?

When I enter a string that matches part of the name of an application on Mac, the OS X Spotlight search feature will suggest apps for me to launch. This works for every app except one: Mathematica: ...
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How to UNDO stopping OS X from writing Spotlight and Trash files?

I tried stopping OS X from writing Spotlight and Trash files to a memory card. The method by Metaxis to the question here "How to stop OS X from writing Spotlight and Trash files to memory cards and ...
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Spotlight search customizations

How do I customize the news sources in Spotlight suggestions? I don't want to disable as others have answered. I want to remove certain suggestions that require subscriptions to read the articles. ...
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Spotlight Dictionary results no longer showing multiple languages in 10.11.3

I recently did a software update on El Capitan, from 10.11.1 to 10.11.3, and now Spotlight will no longer allow look-up of foreign language words. For example, I was able to look up "chaise" and have ...
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Spotlight breaks on queries starting with the letter 'a'

I've complete edited this question as new information has come in, so if the comments seem off-topic, it's my fault. Spotlight freezes every time I start a query with the letter 'a' and then pause ...
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“Open With” (lsregister) to show apps on system disk (specific disk)

I have a Mac pro with 4 disks, one is for the system (D1) "Open With" takes long time sometimes, and sometimes it shows me apps on other disks (old, backup, other test apps), how I can make OS X to ...
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Wrong Storage Space in ElCapitan

I am running OS X EL Capitan (10.11.3) in my MBP and I have been trying to use BootCamp. Whenever I try to open the Boot Camp Assistant it says you need at least 50 GB free space. I have deleted many ...
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Is there any way to enable El Captain Spotlight features in unsupported countries?

I know that Spotlight Suggestions and Natural Language Search are only available in a few countries. How does OS X decides if I am in these countries or not? I switched to US locale and region in ...