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

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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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Spotlight “Indexing and searching disabled.” message in terminal on OSX. Why?

My spotlight searching hasn't worked for quite some time and I've tried everything I could find on Google. I can't search for anything on my MacBook.. literally nothing shows up. I'll list the things ...
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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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Why doesn't OS X Spotlight search inside .json files?

I am trying to search a folder for an ID number. The folder contains various different file types. The ID can be found in several .json files, but non of them show up. If I rename the .json file to ....
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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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How can I launch a printer scanner from Spotlight?

I can go to the "Printers & Scanners" panel from Spotlight, but I cannot call the scanner directly. Is there any way to make Spotlight index a shortcut to the default printer's Scanner app? It ...
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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 ...
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Prioritise spotlight search results in El Capitan

It seems this feature has been scrapped for el capitan. I'm a designer so I want all images to appear at the top of the search results. Anyone worked out a hack for this?
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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 to eject my external drive when my Mac refuses because of Spotlight?

I have plugged an external disk to my Mac. Now, I want to eject it. But my Mac stubbornly refuses and says that an application may be using the disk. I have not launched any app neither opened any ...
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How do I make Spotlight stop indexing my Backup drive?

I have a 2TB external drive I use for Time Machine. At random intervals, it will decide to spin up and my entire UI freezes until it's finished. This is incredibly annoying. It appears that this is ...
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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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mds and mds_stores constantly consuming cpu

mds and mds_stores are constant CPU consumers even when I think nothing should have changed on the hard drive. activity monitor I have a circa 2009 Macbook Pro. Lots of software installed over the ...
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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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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 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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How do I rearrange the order of Spotlight categories?

I believe I used to have the ability to rearrange the search categories shown in Spotlight, but I can't drag to rearrange within System Preferences > Spotlight anymore (El Capitan). Is there some ...
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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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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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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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Spotlight button doesn't work (on click displays a sound instead)

It's a totally newbie question, but I started using Mac computers like a month ago and this is something I can't find on the internet. Sometimes (yeah not always and I can't even find out when it ...
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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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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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External hard drive not indexed by Spolight on Mac OS X Mountain Lion

I recently bought a new hard drive and it is not indexed by Finder. I tried to get it re-indexed by following this tutorial: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-10330114-263.html and I even tried ...
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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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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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How to set Finder to show all files in search including hidden and Library files?

When I unistall an application I want to check for all remaining files on computer. Searching them with Finder doesn't show any protected file, for instance from Library, and also hidden files are ...
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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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In Spotlight search results, how do I find which folder contains a specific file?

In OSX Spotlight, how do I find in which folder a document is? It used to be that hovering the mouse over the doc would show the folder. I miss that functionality!
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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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Spotlight search results priority

I noticed recently (could be caused by upgrade to 10.10.4) that Spotlight is changing order of the search results dynamically as you type and OS X installed apps have no more the highest priority (I ...
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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 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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'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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Disable .Spotlight, .Trashes and .fseventsd on removable media [duplicate]

I am making removable media (USB drives) for distribution using my Mac. MacOS keeps adding "hidden" directories in the root directory, like .fseventsd, .Trashes, and .Spotlight-V100. How do I ...
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To give priority to .tex files in Spotlight search?

I would like to search first my notes (.tex). How can you set priority to tex -files in Spotlight search?
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Using spotlight index on a file share on Server.app

I have a MacMini server (Server.app 5.0.15 on El Capitan 10.11.2), and connects to file share from another MacMini also with El Capitan 10.11.2. Spotlight indexes for the file shares are NOT ...
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Spotlight does not load mail from Outlook after upgrade from 2011 to 2016

I upgraded Outlook (whole Office) from 2011 version to 2016, and afterwards there is no results from imported mail. Only new messages get to the search results, and because Outlook is using Spotlight ...
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How to stop OS X from writing Spotlight and Trash files to memory cards and USB sticks?

When plugging a USB stick into a Mac, OS X creates a number of hidden files on the stick, including a Spotlight index and Trash folder. Example from the terminal for a USB stick "Untitled": $ ls -a /...
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Find the file that corresponds to a certain message in Mail.app?

Every message in Mail.app corresponds to a file in the filesystem (typically located somewhere here /Users/[username]/Library/Mail/V3/[account name]). Is there an easy way to locate the corresponding ...
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How to search for documents on OSX that are NOT contained within a given folder using Finder, Spotlight or some other native tool?

I have a bunch of formatted spreadsheets scattered all across my computer. There are literally thousands of them. I want to get them all into a centralized folder and have mostly done that, i.e. most ...
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How to remove only News from Siri Suggestions

How do I remove only News from Siri Suggestions? I like the quick access to frequently used apps and contacts there. I don't like being informed of the latest murder spree, political news, or ...