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

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Applescript to automatically add .noindex extension to a file?

I'm interested in excluding certain files from Spotlight, and it was suggested to add the .noindex extension. I'd like to automate this. How is it possible to do via Applescript?
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Exclude files from “central metadata store”

I'm fairly familiar with the mdfind utility. I find it's very useful when I can't find a file or when I need to find a file with certain contents. The problem is that I need to exclude some files from ...
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How to create a spotlight search for all files inside a folder?

In Lion, you have All My Files to search everything in your home folder. However, when you activate finder's spotlight, via command + F you can start searching only by first typing something. How can ...
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Mac Dictionary improvements

I tend to use the dictionary a lot on the mac. Its annoying to launch the app everytime i need to lookup a word. Are there any other apps/hacks to avoid this annoyance? Spotlight lookup is awesome, ...
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Editing iPhoto-specific metadata

Perpetua:2011-01-16 ashley$ mdls IMAG0107.jpg ... kMDItemComment = "Cat with is tongue out." So, here's my question. xattr can be used to modify some ...
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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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Spotlight doesn't work anymore in OS X Mountain Lion

I can't get Spotlight to search for any documents. When I search the Finder for documents, nothing happens and the Spotlight search through the menu bar only shows up web searches.
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Does Spotlight search work with a Time Capsule?

I would like to use a Time Capsule as a file server for 3-4 Macs in a small network. I've 600 GB of data, and a lot of small files. My colleagues work a lot with Spotlight to find files. I would like ...
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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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How to get old Spotlight Search View back for Yosemite?

I do not like Yosemite's default Spotlight search. It is in the middle of screen and I can see very little outputs at once. It is so much helpful when it is full screen. Example of the window ...
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Spotlight in upper right screen corner in Mountain Lion

In the System Preferences panel for Spotlight in OS X 10.8, it claims "Spotlight is located at the top right corner of the screen". On my system, this no longer appears to be true; the Notification ...
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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 exclude certain particular files from Spotlight?

I know that you can exclude entire directories or files with a particular extension from Spotlight. But can I hand-pick files not to be searchable by Spotlight, preferably with a file system flag? I ...
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What is mdflagwriter and why does it eat up so much RAM?

On my Mavericks 10.9.4 instance of mdflagwriter eats up 2.18G of RAM. I know that it's somehow related to Spotlight, but what is it exactly and why is it so RAM-hungry?
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cannot turn off spotlight indexing on external drive

I know this question has been asked before, but the solutions suggested are not working for me. I just finished attaching a brand new external hard-drive and waiting for 14 hours for Time Machine to ...
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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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On spotlight, typing 'message' autocompletes to Messages but 'messages' goes to Minecraft

That's it. What's going on and how do I 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 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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Prevent partitions from Spotlight indexing each other

I have a single MacBook Pro partitioned into two drives, each running a copy of Mountain Lion. In Partition X, I would like to disable Spotlight from indexing Partition Y. In Partition Y, I want to ...
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Spotlight Woes! Can't search, can't reindex, can't find [closed]

Help! Spotlight stopped working ... if I go to spotlight search (top right), it just hangs. Same with Apple-F in Finder ... it causes Finder to hang for a minute or so. Cannot search. I went to ...
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Changing OS X Spotlight priorities for specific applications

I'd like to fiddle with Spotlight's priorities so that when I enter 'photo', my first returned result is Adobe Photoshop, and not Photo Booth. I understand how to change priorities for or disable ...
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OS X spotlight UI bug

The spotlight search UI on my mac seems to have broken. It doesn't have a rounded corners. Nothing seems to solve it.
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Why am I getting an error “No Index” when I try to CREATE a spotlight index with mdutil?

I'm trying to create a spolight index of a directory on a shared drive (a corporate Windows active directory drive) using mdutil following the simple guide here. Here's an example of my syntax: ...
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How to enable missing tag search in Spotlight?

OS X Mavericks adds better support for tags. You can search tagged files using Spotlight with the query tag:tagname. However, this stopped working for me a few days after upgrading form OS X ...
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How does Spotlight determine which category a file belongs to?

In Spotlight you can enable and disable file categories that will appear in search results. How does Spotlight determine that a certain file belongs to a certain category? The following specific ...
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Multiple languages for dictionary Look up in Spotlight

How can I handle several languages at the same time in Spotlight ? When a word exists in several languages including english, Spotlight gives me results in english. I would like to have all the ...
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Can Spotlight show results for disconnected drives?

I have several external hard drives which I would like to search for files with Spotlight. They cannot be all connected at the same time. How can I get Spotlight results for offline external hard ...
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How do I add folders to spotlight search priority?

How do I add a system link to the Applications folder and have it show up in spotlight. Alternatively how do I add a specific folder to spotlight search priority. Easy to rearrange but I can not add ...
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Spotlight indexes wrong HD

Mac Mini Server, OSX Server 10.6.8, dual drive I cloned the first hard disk (HD1) to HD2 using CCC, thus creating a bootable copy. However, now I discover that when I startup from HD2, Spotlight has ...
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Do I need to re-index my Volume?

I recently installed a brand new HD in my macbook pro. I did this by cloning the original drive. Everything (almost) is working fine, but I did give the Volume a different name, it used to be ...
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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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Force Splotlight to search a subfolder

Background: I moved the Microsoft User Data from ~/Documents to ~/Library/Preferences because I didn't want Google Drive to sync my Office files. I can run Office products fine, but I can't search my ...
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Why is Automator not working with Spotlight Search?

I'm running an Automator Workflow that searches a provided directory, and then does a standard Filter Finder Items in order to make sure it's only going to be working with aliases. Spotlight failed ...
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Spotlight constantly indexes MacBook Air (Lion). Takes up 50+% of cpu

So I noticed my Air was running very slow. Opened Activity monitor and noticed a process mdworker taking up most of the space. I googled it and it seems to be related to Spotlight. I opened Spotlight ...
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Finder spotlight tool not “grepping” through all file types?

We've got this development stack that's mostly javascript, and if I'm looking for a variable definition or something I can use Finder's spotlight tool to easily find the file that contains the ...
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Stop Spotlight from indexing a drive that is regularly unplugged and reattached

I backup my Mac laptop to a volume on an external Thunderbolt drive using SuperDuper. This drive gets removed every day when I take my computer to work, then reattached when I get home. Because it's ...