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

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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 ...
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mdworker process always at 100%, even when not indexing

I'm trying to understand why mdworker is always at 100% even when (apparently) not indexing. If I open Spotlight, there's no message telling me that a drive is being indexed. If I run fs_usage -w -f ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to locate a file in Spotlight using folder and file name?

I often want to navigate to a file or folder that does not have a unique name. Instead, the parent folder in combination with the file or foldern name makes it unique. Here are a few examples: I ...
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New iOS9 Spotlight search not finding contacts

I've just upgraded to iOS 9, and the new Spotlight search isn't finding contacts for me - it sometimes finds contacts, but not the one I'm searching for. I've turned off every app in Spotlight ...
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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.
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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 ...
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How to place Dictionary definitions higher up in spotlight results

I used to use spotlight fairly frequently to quickly look up words in a dictionary. With Lion, I've noticed that my dictionary results have dropped down much lower in the list of results: I'd like ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Spotlight not connecting to internet

My problem is that Spotlight shows no results from internet sources (Wikipedia, iTunes Store, etc.). I've reindexed my drive twice, cleared all the caches, and reset the NVRAM. Still not working. I ...
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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]: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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Spotlight crashes after two letters have been entered

OS X 10.11 on an early 2015 MBP I am trying to search for a document called Starfleet, but after entering the letters "ST", Spotlight crashes. Relevant logs: 02/10/15 12:12:37,642 ...
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Yosemite Spotlight on Client not index server shared folder

I've a Mac Mini Server (Yosemite server) where is located the folder: 'Studio'. This folder is shared in the same network. I've a Client iMac (Yosemite) that access to that folder 'Studio' located on ...
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Spoof OS X El Capitan's Location Services

I was pretty excited about the new spotlight features introduced in Yosemite and El Capitan. Unfortunately those features aren't available in my country (India). In some forums I learned that these ...
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How to find the file address location for a file found in Spotlight

The Spotlight application handily locates files for opening immediately. However, I want to know the found file's address from Spotlight in order to navigate to that location in Finder and move the ...
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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?
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Giving opacity to Spotlight

I constantly find myself ⌘CMD+Space to do some arithmetic based off numbers I have in front of me. The problem is, as soon as I've entered the first operation, Spotlight expands and opens over ...
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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 ...
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Fixing spotlight “code validation failed” errors?

Every minute or so, the following ends up in syslog: Oct 3 22:57:12 Mac-mini lsregister[20158] <Notice>: LaunchServices: Begin database seeding Oct 3 22:57:12 Mac-mini lsregister[20158] ...
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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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El Capitan Spotlight returning no results for natural language searches

After upgrading to El Capitan, I wanted to try the natural language search feature in Spotlight, but for me Spotlight behaves exactly like in Yosemite, it doesn't exhibit any of the new features. For ...
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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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Can Spotlight search for text within Safari for iPhone?

Is there a way to search text within Safari by doing a Spotlight search on an iPhone? There currently is no such way to run a find/search within Safari (boo), so I need a work around.
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iOS8: Spotlight keyboard missing

When I open Spotlight on iOS8 on my iPhone 6 Plus I get the Spotlight Search but occasionally I have no keyboard. Any suggestions how I get the keyboard back other than rebooting which takes a ...
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Search for files (or folders) that have a given folder anywhere in their path?

Is it possible to limit a Spotlight search to just files that do (or don't) have a specified folder name (or text string) anywhere in their path?
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How to perform something like a “reverse” spotlight content search?

Searching a solution for the question asked here: How to search LaTeX -documents in Spotlight?, I tried to find a command which reveals all content keywords associated with a certain file in the ...
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Spotlight Privacy

Is there a way to tell Apple's content indexer to ignore a folder and its children by creating a file (similar to robots.txt) in the root of the folder to be ignored? I don't want the folder to be ...