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

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using terminal to find instances of a string within a group of txt folders

I tag my txt files using homemade tags framed by double dollar signs to make them easily searchable in finder and spotlight. A typical tag looks like this $$tag$$. Is there a way in terminal to search ...
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iOS9: configure spotlight news suggestions

When I swipe left from the first page of my home screen, iOS 9 brings me to the spotlight screen. There I can see Siri suggestions and news. Is there a way to configure which news are showed in this ...
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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 preferences ignored

I have set Spotlight preferences to show System Preferences first, and not show Webpages: and yet these seem to be ignored: Specifically: the "top hit" is never a System Preference. (Although ...
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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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How to open a new blank document in Pages from spotlight?

How can i open a new blank document in Pages app on Mac OSX Yosemite in Spotlight (and therefore in Alfred)? Now, when i open Pages it first presents me with New document dialog and then Select ...
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Is there a way Spotlight indexes my Skim bookmarks/notes ?

I find Skim is a great pdf file reader and want to spend a great deal of time adding notes and bookmarks to some of the pdf files I have. I know Spotlight indexes pdf files but it doesn't seem to ...
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Indexing a NAS volume [duplicate]

I've just bought a QNAP NAS for my Mac Pro (late 2013) running Yosemite, to replace some older direct-attached storage I'd been using previously. I'm very happy with it so far, but one thing I didn't ...
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Spotlight: Unable to index network SMB share

I'm trying to turn on spotlight for my NAS drive. I have it mounted in OSX 10.8.2 as the following: /Volumes/Trogdor (smbfs, nodev, nosuid, mounted by soltrain) mdutil returns the following: ...
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Search images by rating with Spotlight

I and using IPTC metadata to set rating for photos. I would like use OS X Spotlight to search image by rating. I tried to create a "smart folder" in Finder with the following query (I created it with ...
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How can I restore Spotlight to menu bar?

I removed the Spotlight icon from the menu bar. I would like to restore it. I tried the recommended method: sudo mdutil -a -i on sudo chmod 755 ...
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Indexing a networked Windows drive

I'm trying to get my Mac to index a folder on a networked Windows drive. Specifically there is a folder named "FILE SERVER" on that drive that I'm logged in to as owner. It shows up in a Finder window ...
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Problem ejecting external disks

I use a lot of external disks and often I use spotlight to locate files on these disks. Almost always, whenever I do that I am initially unable to eject such a disk. When that happens I issue ...
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How can I make spotlight ignore certain file types and directories?

Since spotlight continuously updates the index, sometime the file precedence gets changed around and I might type in "saf" and press return expecting to get Safari, but instead spotlight attempts to ...
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Spotlight, please don't show mail, but still let me search in Mail app

When I search for stuff, even constraining with name:whatIwant, the majority of results are old e-mail messages and Safari history items. How can I get rid of these results, but still search my email ...
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Spotlight disappeared when I updated

Last night my computer said that it needed an update, so I ran it. This AM the spotlight icon is gone! How do I get it back? Thank you! EDIT: I'm told that the question was unclear. I mean that the ...
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Outlook 2016 email and events not showing in Spotlight preview

I am running Outlook 2016 on Yosemite. I noticed that the Spotlight indexed Outlook files, such as mail and events, are not showing in the Spotlight preview. Please see screenshot. Anyone seen this ...
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Search for files in external storage in Finder (and if possible, Spotlight as well)

I have an external drive connected to my computer, as well as a home server. I'm trying to search for a file that is on the server, but when I do a finder search, it only looks into the internal ...
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Finder search doesn't show results [duplicate]

When I search in Finder there are no results. There are no results as I am typing, nor after pressing return. There is no loading spinner which usually appears at the bottom of the window. The ...
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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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Spotlight dark dictionary results with dark mode in Yosemite 10.10.4

Spotlight gives dark dictionary results with some words when dark mode is on: I've had this problem since day one of Yosemite. iMac (27-inch, Late 2009)
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Spotlight double dictionary results in Yosemite 10.10.4

Some words give double results in Spotlight: I've rebuilt the index and rebooted, no dice. I've had this problem since day one of Yosemite. iMac (27-inch, Late 2009)
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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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Spotlight says it is indexing an external drive, but actually no search

Spotlight says it is indexing: % mdutil -s /Volumes/TOSHIBA\ EXT /Volumes/TOSHIBA EXT: Indexing enabled. There is a .Spotlight-V100 folder: . ├── Store-V2 │   └── ...
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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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How to reindex HD so Spotlight works on Mavericks

Spotlight on my MacPro laptop running Mavericks has stopped working, i.e., it needs to reindex my HD. It will only search for my terms on the web, not the HD. I have tried a couple of suggestions, ...
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How to programatically add folder to Spotlight “do not index”?

Is there any way to programmatically add a folder to Spotlight's "Privacy" tab? Either through Terminal or Applescript? Often I want to click on an item in Spotlight results in Finder, and have that ...
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Does Spotlight keep a search history?

Occasionally, I use Spotlight to quickly compute some expression because I'm too lazy to do it in my head, on paper, or fire up some program. Sometimes I would like to view the result again, but when ...
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Adding tags to files in OS X: How to use, where are tags stored, and will they work on a network?

I've heard it is possible to add tags to a file's meta data in OS X, and have Spotlight search through such tags. In a nutshell, how would one access this feature in Finder – not Spotlight ...
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Finder search does not work properly for Tibetan unicode after Yosemite upgrade

I have seen Finder is giving some issues. For me, it is working fine as long as I use Latin characters. Since I work with Tibetan, I was used to search for text. When updating to Yosemite, it stopped ...
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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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Dialog I cannot get rid of

The steps here were simple, but unexpected: download a file in finder, rename the file using Keyboard: Press Enter to start rename Start typing a new name (but not pressing Enter again) Try to ...
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How to hide Yosemite “search tip” on spotlight search?

I just upgraded to Yosemite for OS X and now whenever I use Spotlight Search there's this giant message in the middle of my screen (beneath the search bar) that starts off "In addition to searching ...
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mds shows in lsof as accessing a drive that is in the exclusion list

I have gone into the preferences under spotlight. I added a mounted veracrypt drive to the exclusion list. I have been having problems unmounting the volume. It freezes the veracrypt app, the osxfuse ...
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Why does mdworker segfault when scanning files owned by root?

While investigating a disk with ever-dwindling free space and a CPU pegged at >100%, I eventually determined that the problem was mdworker repeatedly segfaulting, keeping syslogd and CrashReporter ...
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Find symbolic links (’s names) with Spotlight (Finder)

underwhelmed by the fact that OS X’s Aliases got really big with Mountain Lion (Lion?) I basically switched to using symbolic links instead. Now I’m just learning the hard way that Spotlight (or, ...
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How to get Outlook email indexed by Spotlight after reinstalling Office 2011?

I reinstalled Office 2011 and my Outlook email index stopped updating. I forced a reindex of the entire drive, but the email still wasn't indexing. Stopped by the Genius Bar and they suggested ...
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How to index one folder on a (huge) smb shared drive for Spotlight?

I have a team of a few Mac users in an organisation of about a thousand PC users, all of whom share an Active Directory shared drive which the Mac users connect to with smb. There's one folder with a ...
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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 make spotlight index symlinks on a standard network share under Mavericks

For reasons that escape me, Spotlight will not find symlinks that exist on a network mounted volume (shared from a Mac Mini running OS X 10.8.5). It does see all other files, including aliases. But ...
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How do I force Spotlight to index new folders?

When I create new folders, Spotlight does not see them. When does Spotlight index new folders? Or better yet, can I force Spotlight to index new folders?
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Yosemite Server: Spotlight from client

I just bought a Mac mini to use as our office server (Yosemite). How can I search the shared folders with Spotlight from my client iMac? I tried to connect via SMB and AFP (Go > Connect to Server > ...
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Spotlight indexing every time system restart or boot

Every time I restart or boot my Macbook Pro 2015 running Yosemite 10.10.4 bought yesterday. Please help is this normal behavior for a newly bought Macbook Pro 2015 model to do? P.S. I don't have any ...
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Why is Time Machine (in 10.10.4) waiting for Spotlight to finish indexing?

I upgraded to 10.10.4 (from 10.10.3) yesterday … I've noticed since then that the hourly backups to my Time Capsule (4th gen, 2 TB) seem to take forever to get started ("Preparing …"). I took a look ...
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Disable Spotlight for Non-Current Boot Volume

I'm fully aware of the ways in which to disable Spotlight for a volume (.metadata_never_index etc.) but this question is more specific. Let me give you a bit of background. I have a Mid 2010 MacBook ...
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Why does mdfind not yield correct results when searching for change dates?

I am experiencing strange results with the mdfind utility. I want to search for files that were changed only after a certain date but the results are not correct. It seems as if the results are off by ...
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Only the spinning beachball when I try to open anything from spotlight

I can't start any programs or open any document from the spotlight since yesterday. It finds the right program / document, but when I press enter I only get the spinning beachball for about 40 ...
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Why is there a web process active even if Safari isn't opened?

I noticed that even when Safari is closed, many web processes are active, and these processes are active even when I just restarted my Mac. Actually, I noticed that this process is in the Spotlight ...
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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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Mac Yosemite Spotlight - force it to index specific Library folders?

How can I get Spotlight to index a directory in the system>Library folder? I'm trying to get Spotlight running 10.10.3 to index some folders in the Macintosh HD/Library folder. I'm not getting any ...