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

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Why is there a web process active even if Safari isn't opened?

I noticed that even when Safari is closed, many web processes are active, and these processes are active even when I just restarted my Mac. Actually, I noticed that this process is in the Spotlight ...
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Some of my Safari bookmarks don't appear in Spotlight search results

When doing a spotlight search for my bookmarks, some of them appear in the search result but some don't. I was not able to find a pattern about which ones will show up and which ones won't. Newly ...
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Mac Yosemite Spotlight - force it to index specific Library folders?

How can I get Spotlight to index a directory in the system>Library folder? I'm trying to get Spotlight running 10.10.3 to index some folders in the Macintosh HD/Library folder. I'm not getting any ...
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How to isolate processes that evoke insane mds_stores disk read activity?

I have an interesting situation where when I monitor my disk activity, I find that mds_store is continually running between 1 to 35 megabytes per second (averaging around 3-5 MB/s) on the read and ...
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Spotlight does not index mail

Spotlight does not deliver any result from mail messages (although searching inside Mail.app works) I tried to re-index the mails with the following result: $ mdimport -Vp -d 4 -r ...
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Removing a specific app from spotlight

I use textWrangler for all my text editing needs. I abhor textEdit. The problem comes when I search spotlight if I stop at text and hit enter then textEdit will launch. I want to remove textEdit ...
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Why does Spotlight in Yosemite not show the location of search results? Mavericks ansers dont work for me [duplicate]

I have tried the earlier answers: 1. Hold down Options and Control, 2 Hold down Options only, while traversing over the hits with the mouse. I have seen no change. Close examination of the results ...
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mds_stores crashing Yosemite

I'm running OS X 10.10.3 and lately Yosemite has been crashing maybe 3 or 4 times a day. Console is reporting that mds_stores is causing the crash. I've tried turning off Spotlight Indexing with ...
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Spotlight Massive (out of control at 100GB+)

Macbook Pro, 500GB SSD, Yosemite 10.10.3 Is there a way to determine what folder(s) are giving Spotlight grief? Or some other recommendations to fix spotlight? Spotlight is killing my drive space ...
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How do I hide the Spotlight icon on Yosemite, but keep the Spotlight functionality?

I use Spotlight in OS X, and I have long disliked its attachment to the menu bar. Now, in Yosemite, Spotlight shows up as an overlay in the middle of the screen when summoned, much like other ...
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How can I do a full text search of plaintext files in my DropBox folder?

I understand that Spotlight will search the full text of files in any folder and will show files that contain instances of the searched text. But I would also like to see highlighted instances of the ...
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cannot locate app, locate not working

I have an app (gv) where I can run it from the terminal, but when I click on it, I get errors. This makes me think there are multiple instances of it or something. I tried which and got nothing... ...
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Spotlight/Finder will not index after Yosemite update

I'm currently working in OS X 10.10.3. I made a bit of a jump from 10.6.9 as our system was falling behind from the person who previously held my position. All of my customer files are stored on an ...
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How to attach spotlight found document to mail message with os x yosemite?

In my mail message I want to attach an image. I located the image via spotlight and now I want to attach it to my mail message (plain apple mail). The image file is somewhere deep in my ...
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How to place Dictionary definitions higher up in spotlight results

I used to use spotlight fairly frequently to quickly look up words in a dictionary. With Lion, I've noticed that my dictionary results have dropped down much lower in the list of results: I'd like ...
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Is there a way to show Spotlight indexing status/progress in Yosemite?

In previous versions of OS X, you could click the Spotlight icon in the menu bar to show the status of the Spotlight indexing, and it would show an estimate ("6 hours left"), along with a progress ...
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Spotlight Search on Yosemite indexes and shows iTunesLibrary.h and other files with “.h” extension

I am running Yosemite on My MacBook Air. Spotlight settings are as below: Even though I have not selected any option, it still shows ".h" files in result. Check below image for reference. As ...
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Make spotlight open new instance of application instead of going to application

I recently moved from Windows to OSX, and find it frustrating that typing Chrome, Sublime Text or Terminal in Spotlight do not allow me to open a new window, but instead takes me to an open window of ...
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Spotlight on Yosemite not launching Apps

My Yosemite spotlight does not start app anymore. I tend to use it for quickly starting up apps like Terminal, but now it just sort of hangs... Any ideas to fix it?
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Spotlight does not show contents from internet!

Spotlight does not show contents from the internet. It only searches my mac HD. What should I do? I am using MacBookPro Retina 13" with Yosemite 10.10.3
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How to switch from Spotlight to Alfred via Terminal?

I installed Alfred through homebrew-cask. I want to disable Spotlight and let Alfred be opened with Cmd+S. The first Terminal-based solution I tried was unloading Spotlight with sudo launchctl unload ...
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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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Why Does OS X Mavericks Start Indexing After A Crash?

My macbook pro (mid-2010 running 10.9.5) has been crashing a lot lately. I haven't made any changes to it (either hardware or software) or installed anything new but it seems to be something to do ...
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Spotlight doesn't work after Yosemite Upgrade

Why doesn't Spotlight work now that I've upgraded to Yosemite? How to fix?
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Document Container vs Folder Name

Please refer to the Mac OSX search attributes mentioned below. Any idea what's the difference between "Document Container" and "Folder Name"? Also what's the expected value of "Containing Folder ...
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mail filtering bug (Mail.mdimporter)

Sometimes my email is not getting parsed into the Spotlight database correctly. Email addresses on the To: line do not all get added to the kMDItemRecipients or kMDItemRecipientEmailAddresses ...
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What is the difference between open (-a) <app> and double click in finder/spotlight?

I recently installed leksah on my Mac (once directly, once via brew cask). When I try to open it in Finder, Dock or use spotlight the window flashes open for a second and then closes immediately. ...
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Why does Spotlight in Mavericks not show the location of search results?

With Mountain Lion, the following was working: Search for a file type and name, e.g. to find all Excel sheets named Foo: kind:excel foo This would show all Excel sheets where the name includes Foo ...
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Is it possible to read out the “Album Artist” ID3 tag with spotlight query?

I know that a spotlight query is capable of reading the "Artist" ID3 tag of mp3 files but is it also possible to read out (speak) the "Artist Album" ID3 field? This source doesnt say anything about ...
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Spotlight search returns no results on iOS (intermittently)

I'm on 8.0.2 but it happened on 8.0.0 too. Spotlight just won't show anything no matter what I type.
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How do so set “date added” metadata in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

The Finder in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion shows a new piece of file metadata, "Date Added," which tracks the date an item was added to a folder. After upgrading to 10.7, none of the items in my ~/Downloads ...
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How do I find files with no extension in Finder?

I'm trying to find all files that have no extension in a Finder folder. I know how to search by extension and exclude a specific extension but what do I type in the box if I want no extension at all? ...
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How to disable Developer and Web Searches in Spotlight?

Yesterday I upgraded to Lion and it seems it got some additions on Spotlight - the Developer and Web Searches groups. Sadly I couldn't find a way to disable them. There isn't an option in the ...
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Spotlight data size to big

I have have was cleaning up my Macintosh's Hard Drive. I was using Windows 8.1 for that purpose(Bootcamp). I found that the size of spotlight folder was too big(951 MB). Is it normal or I should ...
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How to enable searching inside Google Drive/Docs using Spotlight?

Has anyone found/created a working solution for searching inside Google Docs using Spotlight? Precipitate used to provide this functionality, but unfortunately no longer works and is no longer ...
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How to change top right menubar spotlight icon to alfreds'

I have disabled Spotlight search and assigned Spotlight's keyboard shortcut to Alfred. The only thing I am left to do is to change the top right menubar spotlight icon to alfreds'. How do I do that?
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Keyboard doesn't work in Yosemite Spotlight text input box

Pretty straightforward problem ... running Yosemite 10.10.0 (14A389) on a 17" MBP (2010). Have a Unicomp USB external keyboard plugged in with the machine closed in a Henge Dock. Keyboard works ...
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How do you fix an app icon that got associated with a file type in spotlight?

When I try and search for something using spotlight, all application results show the .c file extension icon instead of the actual app icon you would expect to see for FireFox, Safari, Mail etc. Very ...
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Quick look doesn't work in spotlight

When I use spotlight (on Yosemite 10.10.2), Quick Look doesn't display a preview in the right panel anymore. Only when I click on a folder in the left panel it displays the contents of the map in the ...
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Can I search for something on Google directly from Spotlight?

Whenever I have to search for something, I have to open Safari and then type in it. Is there any way to search directly, like type it in Spotlight and press click something and Safari will open ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Search file duplicates in OSX by hash

I am looking for a way to search for a determinate file in OSX (Maverick but more generally OSX). In particular I would like to do the following: given a File_001 I'd like to search if in the ...
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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 ...