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

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Spotlight reports “Indexing and searching disabled” in Lion

Lion keeps "losing track" of Spotlight information. Directories and Applications disappear, full text searches stop working, etc. I seem to need to re-index it once a week or so. However, now it ...
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Spotlight change keywords in Yosemite

Spotlight seems to always suggest the wrong thing and doesn't learn when I don't choose the Top Hit. Is it possible to change the priorities of Spotlight? The internet suggests that there has been a ...
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How to search the web with Spotlight in Yosemite regardless of location

Now that we know that Yosemite's new Spotlight Suggestions are officially made available only in some selected countries, I'm wondering if there's any way to search the web (Bing, Wikipedia, Google, ...
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iPhone 4/4s Spotlight Search Problem

Spotlight Search on iPhone 4s doesn't show any results. Everything is checked under Settings -> General -> Spotlight Search. Restart doesn't help. New contacts don't appear.
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Spotlight not finding .app created with appify

I've used a script called appify described here https://mathiasbynens.be/notes/shell-script-mac-apps to create /Applications/Emacs.app that runs the actual Emacs.app at ...
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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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How to fix missing icons and labels in System Preferences -> Spotlight?

I have a late 2011 MacBook Pro and I started noticing a weird bug in my Spotlight system preferences. It looks like every time I open preferences -> Spotlight an assortment of icons and labels are ...
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Spotlight always asking if it should reopen already opened xls file

I am a fan of Spotlight and always tend to use it for navigating through my opened apps and docs. However I found out, that when it comes to xls files that are already opened, I get a popup with a ...
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Spotlight shortcut Cmd+Space stops working in Yosemite

I have to go to the spotlight menu under system preferences and change and re-set the keyboard shortcut to Cmd+Space and then it starts to work again. Has anyone else also experienced this? Anyone ...
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Chrome history and favorites in Spotlight?

I have fallen in love with the new Spotlight window in Yosemite as a replacement for Quicksilver (or Alfred, or whatever). However I would love to be able to "search" into Chrome favorites and ...
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How do you get Spotlight to search in sub-directories?

How do you get Spotlight to search in sub-directories like Windows Explorer does? Here I have done the same search on the same directory - the root of the usb drive SFD223128GB using both OS X Finder ...
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Spotlight / Show in Finder / in new Tab instead of new Window

In a Spotlight search instead of clicking on the search-results, one may press ⌘ Cmd-R. This shows the file in Finder. Problem: this always opens the result in a new Finder window (despite having set ...
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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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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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Prevent spotlight from searching packages content in saved search (on 10.9.5)

I tagged all the files inside my Documents folder, now I'd like to create and save a smart folder searching for all the untagged files, just in case I create or move a file to that folder without ...
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Consumer NAS supporting Spotlight search?

Is there a consumer-level NAS (e.g. making a NAS out of a Mac Mini is at the other end of the spectrum) that supports Spotlight search? That is, searching for the contents within files without needing ...
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Prevent Finder from opening new windows AT ALL!

(OSX 10.10) Yes! I know already, that there is the option »always open a new tab«. BUT there are exceptions. E. g. when hitting Command+R on a search-result in Spotlight or Finder (despite the ...
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How to disable Spotlight indexing when on battery?

Every time I add a few MBss of files to my SD disk, Spotlight starts eating battery (per Activity Monitor Energy Impact) for one to several days indexing them. How can I make indexing to turn off ...
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Move Spotlight dialog in Yosemite

Don't hate me but I love using Finder's spotlight feature. In Yosemite they changed Spotlight (I like the changes) but they moved the spotlight dialog position to the center of the screen. I want to ...
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Yosemite spotlight - navigate into subfolders?

In Yosemite, you can find folders with Spotlight and look at the contents of the folder. Is it possible to navigate into subfolders in Spotlight and if so, how?
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Login hangs on spotlight and no network is available

After upgrading to Lion, I boot up and most of my icons don't appear on the right side of the top menu bar and when I hover over spotlight, I get the spinning pinwheel and there's no network access. ...
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Disable Developer search results in Spotlight [duplicate]

Yesterday, I installed Yosemite on my MBP and spotlight suddenly started giving me Developer search results. I don't have xcode installed on my system, nor I can find any option to disable/ exclude ...
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Add new currency to Yosemite Spotlight

Is it possible to add new currency to the spotlight currency conversion? I'd like to have UAH (Ukrainian Hryvna) in my spotlight.
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Find All MP4 Files With DTS or AC3/A52 Audio?

Okay, so after spending a lot of time encoding (or re-encoding) files to mp4's hoping they'd be compatible with iTunes, it turns out that iTunes won't play files with DTS or AC3/A52 audio, so I'm ...
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Can I make a symlink (to a .app folder) in Applications directory show up in spotlight?

I used brew to install MacVim and it put it in /usr/local/Cellar/macvim/7.3-61/MacVim.app I would like to be able to go to spotlight and type MacVim to launch the app. I tried creating a symlink in ...
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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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ExpressCard SSD continusouly indexing

I've had a 48GB SSD in my ExpressCard slot on my '09 17" MBP for the last 8-9 months and haven't had a problem up until this past week. When I look at spotlight it says that it is indexing the SSD, ...
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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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Make Spotlight indexing use less CPU?

Whenever spotlight begins indexing my files, my computer's fan starts spinning like crazy. Is there any way to essentially tell spotlight that it doesn't need to finish as quickly as possible, and ...
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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 I get the file path of an image in Spotlight?

Alright, so I pulled an image off my phone, edited it, and now it's not in Desktop, Pictures, Downloads, etc. I have no idea where GIMP saved it. If I search for the file in Spotlight, it will list ...
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How to get Spotlight to default to Internet search?

Spotlight default to open web browser and search Internet for [string]. Command Space [string] [Enter] How can I do this? browser choice irrelevant search engine choice irrelevant keystrokes ...
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Search across networked drives that are only sometimes connected

I've got networked drives at work and networked drives at home. What's a way to set up search so that it automatically applies searches to each drive when connected without having to rebuild the index ...
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Trackpad (+ spotlight) semi-unresponsive, Mavericks on a 2010 MBP

Ever since I upgraded my 2010 Macbook Pro from Mountain Lion to Mavericks, an issue has been occuring at seemingly random moments. Without warning, my trackpad will no longer allow me to click or use ...
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In Mail, how to navigate from single email to entire conversation?

I'm using Mail 7.3 on OS X 10.9.5. I have Organize by Conversation turned on. I frequently have a scenario where I do a Spotlight search to find an email, select a result which opens that single ...
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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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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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Does Spotlight index SSDs faster than HDDs?

Ive been thinking about swapping my MacBook Pro's (late 2012) hard drive for an SSD for a while now, as there becoming more affordable at decent sizes. Apart from the read / write and startup time ...
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Spotlight metadata.framework error

I'm having problem with spotlight. I'm running on OS X Mavericks. it keeps on saying: Metadata.framework [Error]: mdsCopyStorePaths failed: (268435459) (ipc/send) invalid destination port Spotlight ...
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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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Permanently disable Spotlight on disk that is used with rsync

I'm using rsync to mirror files from my internal drive to an external USB hard drive. This is the command I'm using: /usr/local/bin/rsync --archive --exclude='.DS_Store' --delete-after --progress ...
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Disable Spotlight Index on 10.8 on Specific Volumes

To switch off indexing in Terminal I use: sudo mdutil -a -i off This disables it with the -a switch across all volumes and the -i off part turns "off" the indexing. If connected to my iMac is the ...
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Can spotlight be reset when it misbehaves, is wrong or constantly indexing?

On my 4-month old mid-2012 MacBook Pro I observe that Spotlight seems to want to ALWAYS re-index. I frequently notice that the performance will get unbearably slow and I can hear the hard drive ...
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How to make spotlight index files shared over AFP

I'm sharing a local folder on a 10.8.5 Mac Mini server via AFP. The share is set to allow a certain user group to write to it. When users in this group place files in the directory, they are owned by ...
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Spotlight search not including contact list hits tie used to work fine but for some reason has stopped

Previously a spotlight search would include contacts list entries but it's now misses it out I've checked settings and contact list is checked so why has it stopped doing the full search? It seems to ...
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Why does Spotlight keep reindexing my system after updating to Lion?

Since I installed Lion, the Spotlight database keeps reindexing (which is taking several hours). It does this at least every second day. Are any other users experiencing this problem with Lion (i.e. ...
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is it possible to write spotlight conversion plugins?

I would like to add some conversion functionality to spotlight. For instance to convert hex colors to rgb. Is this at all possible?
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Find images with specific aspect ratios

In Finder, I can search for images with a "Pixel width" and "Pixel height" greater than, equal to, or less than a specific value. Is there a way to find images with a specific range of aspect ratios ...
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How to search multiple spotlight sources / drives simultaneously?

I have my files spread between the main drive and a volume that is mounted most of the time. Spotlight is enabled and properly indexing both of them. When searching through the top right spotlight ...
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Spotlight searched an image and it automatically edited itself

I have DropBox installed on my Mac. In my DropBox folder are two specific images, which we'll call Image A and Image B. I was using Spotlight Search for Image A, and used the spotlight preview pane. ...