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

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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 ...
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Why can't Spotlight in El Capitan easily find the obvious?

Spotlight in El Capitan is supposed to be more inclusive and "smart" by helping the user find what s/he needs. However, since upgrading to El Capitan, I've found that the only way to get Spotlight to ...
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Spotlight stucks in previous search on El Capitan

I have interesting issue on my Spotlight. Whenever I try to search anything, Spotlight stucks on the previous search. Here is my issue steps: I searched Pages.app from the Spotlight and I opened it. ...
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Can I make my external drive stop being busy so I can repair it?

I have an external drive that shows up in Finder (Yosemite -- 10.10.5) with it's top-level folders visible and correctly named, but the folders are shown as empty even though the drive shows the ...
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How can I safely clean up open files left by spotlight on my external hard drive?

Spotlight decided to index my external hard drive that I use for backups without asking my permission. This made it impossible for me to safely eject the external hard drive without potentially ...
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Finder: Spotlight shortcut and command+tab switching apps stopped working

Both these functions stopped around the same time. El Capitan, but I think these worked after the upgrade and now don't. Both functions work in other apps. Just not in Finder. Repaired permissions on ...
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How to move spotlight back to the top right corner in El Captain?

I guess Apple got a bit too literal with the "Spotlight" feature. I feel far too sceptical about upgrading to El Captain just because of my most favourite feature, the Spotlight smacks right at you in ...
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Spotlight overrides first character

What's wrong: I hit CMD+SPACE to open up spotlight, typically type in the name of the application I want to start, hit enter and either the wrong app or no app at all will start, because the app name ...
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Easy way to execute shell script

I want to be able to search in Spotlight for a shell script (or something that calls a shell script) and that such shell script opens a Terminal window so the output is shown live (and I can interrupt ...
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How to put Spotlight back into the middle of the screen

I have a Mid 2012 MacBook Pro. For some reason, Spotlight search now appears in the middle of the right hand edge of the screen, rather than the center. This is not catastrophic, but extremely odd. I ...
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Searching through a whole lot of PDFs on an external disk

I do have one Tera of Texts (mostly PDF) which is really really much (something like 100'000 documents). They are on an external USB3 and, of course, spotlight-indexed. When I look by text search ...
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how can I search for folders ending in certain characters in Finder?

Executing a Finder search for folders seems limited to searching for folder names beginning with the search term. I can't search for folder names only using a characters in the middle or end. I'm ...
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Is there a way to disable incremental search search on a Mac, especially in Preview?

Sometimes when typing a search term in the search bar in Preview or Spotlight the text entry locks up for a few seconds. I assume this happens because it is beginning to search on the letters I've ...
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'mdls' and 'mdimport' interaction: good practice question

Am I correct to assume that, in order to ensure a query in the terminal such as: mdls -name kMDItemContentCreationDate /var/log/system.log always returns the actual creation date of said file ...
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Spotlight shows web sugggestions despite disabling it

I disabled spotlight suggestions like recommended on the web (e.g. here). My settings now look like this: System Preferences: Safari Preferences However, I still get website suggestions for ...
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Spotlight misses first character after Cmd-Space [duplicate]

When I call up spotlight by pressing command-space, and then start typing something Spotlight often seems to miss the first letter I type. It doesn't happen every time, only about 1 in 5 times I use ...