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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

0
votes
0answers
9 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
112 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
42 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
84 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
34 views

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?
1
vote
1answer
51 views

Performance problems, possibly malware?

I have concerns about malware or something significantly affecting the performance of my iMac. As you can see from the screen shot below I have updated to OS X Yosemite Version 10.10.5, but I did ...
1
vote
0answers
63 views

Why can't my spotlight open any application?

I can search and find anything on Spotlight, so I think my index works. However, when I try to open an application, even terminal, I just get a spinning beach ball until Spotlight disappears. Why am I ...
0
votes
1answer
29 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

Spotlight gets Last Modified date wrong on network share?

Not quite sure what's going on here, but see this image: Notice the foreground window is a "Get Info" and shows that the folder "Season 4" was last modified Yesterday. However the Finder window ...
2
votes
1answer
908 views

El Capitan - Weather search in Spotlight not working

I've just upgraded my Mac to OS X El Capitan and typed: weather in Sao Paulo, BR I got nothing. I'm actually in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Any ideas?
0
votes
0answers
44 views

Look Up - AppleScript command

Is there an apple script command for the "Look Up" action/service? If not, what would be a decent way to mimic it? If you don't know what I'm talking about it's the popover when you three-finger ...
2
votes
0answers
19 views

Why does spotlight incorrectly calculate modular powers?

Spotlight does not calculate the correct result of (31^x) % 35 where x >= 11?. It shows for x=12 while the correct result is 1. How can this be? It works for all smaller powers of 31 modulo 35.
3
votes
1answer
501 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
19 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
46 views

Most of the time spotlight is showing nothing after upgrading to el capitan

I use spotlight a lot but after upgrading to el capitan most of the time its showing empty window. Its very annoying. How can i solve this problem?
1
vote
0answers
37 views

How can I find the pictures I uploaded from an iphone on Mac?

I uploaded all my photos on my photo album to my Mac. My Mac is OS X 10.9.5, I've searched under images, folders, photos, and I cannot find the entire album yet when I type image onto the spotlight ...
4
votes
1answer
143 views

Is there a way to turn Wi-Fi on/off using Spotlight?

Is there a way to turn Wi-Fi on/off using Spotlight, or do I always have to use the mouse and click on the Wi-Fi icon in the taskbar? Spotlight is pretty powerful, and I would love to have an easy ...
0
votes
0answers
41 views

Spotlight custom dictionary search doesn't work

Since I upgraded to El Capitan, Spotlight has refused to look up for definitions in my custom dictionary (hungairan-english). Instead, it sticks itself with Apple's default English-English dictionary. ...
0
votes
1answer
15 views

Search Spotlight for a file of specific type between two dates

I've had a hard time tracking down a way to search for documents of a specific type between two dates in Spotlight. Maybe it's not possible? I'd like to be able to type something like this in ...
2
votes
1answer
166 views

Finding eBooks (.epub) via content on my Mac

I have a lot of eBooks on my Mac. But whereas I can find any PDF on my Mac by searching their content, this doesn't work with Spotlight when applied to .epub files. (The only clumsy way of doing this ...
3
votes
1answer
215 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
67 views

How to list all files with Finder Comment using unix?

How i can get path of all files, folders which has Finder comment and also the comment. Like this: /path/here/file.txt TAB finder comment is here /path4/here2/folder TAB finder comment is here I ...
0
votes
0answers
38 views

kMDItemKind queries do not work under El Capitan?

I was trying to perform a query that I am sure it worked in the past: mdfind "kMDItemKind == 'Application' && kMDItemDisplayName == '*Firefox*'" This does not brind any results. The ...
0
votes
1answer
185 views

GUI applications installed with homebrew cannot be launched using Spotlight [duplicate]

I have installed cocoa versions of both Emacs and MacVim using homebrew. After the installation, the actual applications are installed in /usr/local/opt/emacs/Emacs.app and ...
2
votes
0answers
25 views

How to debug .app that only successfully launches from Terminal?

Recently, my Dropbox.app stopped launching correctly. If I double-click on the app or try to launch via spotlight, the app just silently dies within a second. I see it show up in Activity Monitor, but ...
0
votes
1answer
88 views

How can I search folder names from Open/Save Dialog in El Capitan?

When I switched from Windows to OS X Mavericks, it took me a few months to learn that the fastest way to open or save documents in an application was to search for the folder they should be in. Under ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

Ghost contacts in spotlight

I have a strange situation, where I see multiple versions of a single contact. When I search for a name I see current version (from iCloud) old version (don't know from where) an even older version ...
0
votes
0answers
7 views

Access spotlight from within apps

Is there a way to access spotlight from within apps on iPhone 6 iOS 9? I expected it to be something like drag down with three fingers, but I can't find a way to do it.
0
votes
0answers
25 views

Very odd problem with the “¨” character in Spotlight

I have a very odd problem, whenever I search for something in Spotlight, say, Safari, I often misspress "¨" instead of enter, if I then press enter again when it says "Safari¨" in spotlight, I can't ...
0
votes
0answers
43 views

Spotlight Calculator Scientific Notation

I use Spotlight a lot to perform small calculations, often with very small numbers. Spotlight (cmd + space) is able to understand scientific notation input like 2.5E-1 = 0.25 but the output is ...
1
vote
1answer
65 views

How to write ExifTool keywords which Spotlight can see?

I try to write keywords to PNG images using ExifTool but OS X's Spotlight cannot see these keywords at all. The developer of ExifTool does not know about Spotlight, so he cannot help: "I ...
0
votes
0answers
87 views

How to reduce ways to access spotlight, iPhone 5S, iOS 9.1?

When I'm on the first pane of my home screen on my iPhone 5s, I can access spotlight by dragging down and also swiping right (going left another pane). Why are there two ways to access spotlight? Is ...
1
vote
1answer
34 views

Spotlight Euro Exchange rate seems stuck to 2 weeks ago

I use Spotlight to currency conversions several times a day. E.g. I type into Spotlight 100 EUR to GBP or 500 USD to CZK However I have just noticed that the exchange rate is stuck to that of 2-3 ...
-1
votes
1answer
113 views

What is Spotlight on iPad – where are Spotlight icons displayed?

I'm developing a Universal iOS game with Xcode and I have to supply 3 images for icons. An icon image for the home screen (app). An icon image for iPad in Settings. An icon image for iPad ...
2
votes
0answers
4k views

Why is SpotlightNetHelp denied file-read-data for root?

I'm getting many of these two similar errors on my console. 10/21/15 11:06:29.737 AM sandboxd[140]: ([368]) SpotlightNetHelp(368) deny file-read-data / 10/21/15 11:07:11.000 AM kernel[0]: ...
0
votes
0answers
9 views

I can't access most Contacts from Spotlight in new iOS 9 [duplicate]

Can someone please help me figure out how to access all contacts from Spotlight? If I type Linda, I get a couple of Linda contact options, but not the one I'm looking for. This has never been the ...
1
vote
1answer
793 views

Is finder search supposed to work as “full text search” at all in OS X El Capitan?

Scenario: I am trying to find a picture (which is named DSC_2345.jpg) inside the Photos Library in Finder. When I type "234" (without quotes) directly in the finder search field, all the photos whose ...
7
votes
1answer
9k views

See progress of Spotlight re-indexing in El Capitan [duplicate]

Other Questions and Answers address how to check the progress of Spotlight rebuilding its index, previous to El Capitan: Click the Spotlight menu. The menu/panel that appears reports a progress bar if ...
5
votes
3answers
142 views

Use mdfind to identify all encrypted dmg?

Can someone suggest a clever way to identify all dmg that are encrypted? My only idea is rather complicated. use mdfind '(kMDItemFSName=*.dmg)' and then test the response from hdiutil imageinfo and ...
-1
votes
1answer
57 views

rm all mdfind results, handling pathnames with spaces

I already solved this with sed, but there must be a better way to handle spaces. I have run into this with some my scripts as well. mdfind '(kMDItemFSName=*.ipsw)' returns /Volumes/disk/november ...
0
votes
0answers
45 views

Spotlight server disabled

im in desperate need of help. I'm in single user mode, system running on Yosemite and I believe that spotlight was the cause for an error in my disk. I tried to do a reindex running this command: ...
-1
votes
1answer
427 views

How to disable spotlight for Alfred El Captain

I have asked this question last year. In the link below. How to disable spotlight for Alfred But, since the settings now changed in El Captain the answer is not valid now. Please re-answer. I don't ...
0
votes
3answers
76 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
82 views

Hide Mail from showing in Spotlight but keep Messages

I want to remove Mail from Spotlight as I don't use it on my Mac. However, the only way to do this is to uncheck "Mail & Messages" from being indexed on Spotlight in Preferences, here: ...
0
votes
1answer
38 views

Spotlight not showing applications owned by root

Somehow my spotlight is not working correct. After each reboot it will show only dictionary items. Then when I do sudo mdutil -E / it will find many items. However applications shown are only ...
1
vote
0answers
80 views

Why does Spotlight display an app icon with a strike through warning?

When I search Spotlight for an app (see screenshot) it displays the app icon with a white strike through or unavailable icon. In this case the app in question is VLC. When I initially installed VLC, ...
1
vote
1answer
135 views

Change Spotlight weather forecast from Fahrenheit to degrees

In El Capitan Spotlight, you can search for weather forecast. Is it possible to change from Fahrenheit to Degrees?
3
votes
1answer
586 views

Why doesn't El Capitan Spotlight search in custom dictionary?

Since I upgraded to El Capitan, Spotlight has refused to look up for definitions in my custom dictionary (built by me). Instead, it sticks itself with Apple's default English-English dictionary. Note ...
3
votes
1answer
25 views

Hook into Spotlight [closed]

I'm trying to figure out if its possible to include custom results in the Spotlight search. Our organization has an external page for looking up certain data and I want to be able to include these ...
2
votes
1answer
191 views

Where is the swipe-right iOS 9 Spotlight screen on my iPod Touch?

I have an iPod Touch (5th generation) with iOS 9 installed (currently 9.0.2, but I don't think the minor revision matters). From the home screen, I can reach the quick Spotlight search by swiping ...