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

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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. ...
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Spotlight not highlighting the selected result

When I search something in Spotlight the top search result is highlighted by default (as it should be). However when I press the down arrow to select the next result, the top result remains ...
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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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Weird behavior of spotlight & program icons

My spotlight is acting a bit scatchy, it shows every program as a rar? archive. Did a rebuild of the index file. Did a repair permissions. Who can Help me?
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Searching for “-<>” in the contents of files

There is a coding library Swiss Arrows that uses the operator -<> for a particular operation. I don't seem to be able to search for this in the contents of files on a mac. Is there a particular ...
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How to make Spotlight ONLY index certain file types?

I use my mac for development, and create/delete so many (big) files that I ended up turning Spotlight off, since it was taking so much time indexing these files. I think it would be fine if I would ...
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Add .gsheets to Spotlight under spreadsheets

Currently if I'm searching for something and it happens to be a Google spreadsheet it shows up under other. Is there any way to have .gsheets show up under spreadsheets?
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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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How to run a script from Alfred or Spotlight or any run dialog?

Coming from Linux I am really missing the good old gmrun -- a run dialog which recognizes your $PATH and allows you to execute any script in it without needing to open up a terminal. It does the job ...
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Remove battle.net setup from Spotlight

I installed battle.net a long time ago. Every now and then I use spotlight to invoke it by pressing ⌘ + space and I start typing "battle" every time, the top hit is "Battle.net Beta Setup". I do not ...
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Increase the size of the spotlight search field in the finder

Is it possible to increase the size of the spotlight search field in the Finder? Even when plenty of space is available I did not find any way to enlarge the field (Customize Toolbar... does not ...
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How do I make applications open on the primary display and not the active display?

I love the improvements that Apple made to multiple displays in Mavericks, but there is one thing that really gets on my nerves. If I'm using an application on my secondary display, and I use ...
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How to search Library on Mavericks

Before updating to 10.9 I frequently deleted all the small files some apps leave behing by searching for invisible system files. Now it doesn't seem to work, I can navigate to the file manually just ...
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How do I search all hidden files that are in hidden folders using Terminal?

I need to find some configs buried in some hidden folders and can't recall where they are to navigate to them directly Cmd+Shift+G. I did a sudo find -name Foo* (slow), but none of the returned files ...
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Does Time Machine need the Spotlight index?

On OS X, does Time Machine need the index maintained by Spotlight? Will disabling Spotlight completely (via mdutil) affect Time Machine?
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Notes Missing from Spotlight

Question relates to OS X Mavericks. I'm pretty sure that Spotlight used to show iCloud notes from Notes.app but it no longer does so. When I go into Spotlight preferences the checkbox to get Spotlight ...
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Is there an alternative to “Everything” on OS X?

Spotlight does pretty much, but it lacks two critical features. It cannot search arbitrary locations. It excludes system locations for a better user experience I guess. It cannot index external ...
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Can I capture Spotlight input and use it in another process?

I'd like to capture everything I type into Spotlight and use the text as input for a script, possibly a new instance of a Services workflow. From that point of course anything is possible; the most ...
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How do I disable Spotlight?

How can I disable Spotlight completely on Mac OS X Lion? It's using up a lot of resources and I never really use it, so I want to disable it. The only feature I might want to keep is the icon in the ...
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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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Can I perform inverse trig functions in Spotlight?

Is there a way to make Spotlight return the sin-1, cos-1, or tan-1 of a given number without opening Calculator.app?
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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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How can I set separate exlude lists for Spotlight with 2 OSX installs?

I have two OSX installs on the same SSD, and when I switch from one to the other, I keep getting hits from the other volume for my Spotlight searches. I solved this by adding the other volume to ...
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Change Spotlight's Top Hit?

Say I have two apps that match a search in spotlight (e.g. utility), it seems that Spotlight chooses the first application (sorted alphabetically) as the Top Hit. Is there any way to change this so ...
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Prevent Spotlight from indexing future hard drives

Using Mavericks, how can I prevent Spotlight from indexing all drives except my primary internal drive? In my work, I connect dozens of new drives every week, and I do not want the .Spotlight-V100 ...