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

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Prevent partitions from Spotlight indexing each other

I have a single MacBook Pro partitioned into two drives, each running a copy of Mountain Lion. In Partition X, I would like to disable Spotlight from indexing Partition Y. In Partition Y, I want to ...
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Does Spotlight normally index links in ~/Applications?

I have installed MacVim through homebrew, and this resulted in an alias in ~/Applications that points to /usr/local/Cellar/macvim/7.3-66/MacVim.app. Unfortunately MacVim does not show up in Spotlight ...
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Why did some applications have to rebuild their database after a Time Machine rollback?

Recently my system (10.8) got totally borked, so I booted into recovery mode and rewrote the entire disk from a two day old Time Machine backup. When I started back up, I found that: Spotlight ...
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How can I view the items in the Spotlight cache?

I'd like to view the data spotlight has imported. Is this possible? EDIT: For example I can do this: mdutil -svvv /Volumes/h8rdrive and find out this volume was indexed. I'd kind of like to ...
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Spotlight menu shows results, but Finder window doesn't

When I type anything into the Spotlight menu in the top right corner, I get the normal list of top results. But if I then click "Show All", or if I just go to the Finder and initiate a search there, ...
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Spotlight search iTunes Match

Back before I used iTunes Match, I enjoyed being able to search my library via spotlight. Now it seems that this doesn't work anymore. I guess this is because the music is not stored locally, but ...
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Spotlight's cache is huge; can I make it smaller?

I forced a Spotlight delete and reindex in Terminal with the command: sudo mdutil -E / Now Spotlight seems to not only constantly index, but also create huge (10+GB) cache files over the course of ...
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Preventing Spotlight from Indexing Files & Folders?

Spotlight is a very ingenious "tool" of OS X, attributable in no large part to its indexing feature. Hiding various files & folders is challenging even when using various encryption applications. ...
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How to delete email messages from Spotlight search on iPhone?

I have a iPhone 4S running iOS 6. Spotlight seems to find deleted e-mails on iPhone, how can I delete e-mails permanently from Spotlight results? Could this potentially be a bug in iOS 6? I am ...
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Why doesn't iPhoto show up in Spotlight search results?

Recently I noticed that if I do a Spotlight search (using the Spotlight menu on the menu bar), the iPhoto application is not included in the results. If I open a Finder window to the Applications ...
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How to 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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Spotlight does not find file

I have the file Rprofile.site in /Macintosh HD/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/ Searching 'Rprofile.site' in Spotlight does not find the file, and I have to manually go to the folder containing the ...
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How to find files not containing comment x?

I try to find all "*.xyz" files in folder x which does not have comment "abc". This code does the opposite. I would prefer to use Spotlight if possible. How i can do this? Thanks do shell script ...
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Auto switch input source to English when entering Spotlight, typing URL in Safari, etc

I don't have files with non-english names, and don't type non-latin URL's, so question is how to auto switch system input source in these occasions.
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What's wrong with my Outlook search?

Ever since doing OS X 10.8 updates, a pair of machines with Outlook refuse to look back further than 2 weeks during e-mail searches. Spotlight settings all look OK. I even forced an index ...
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How do I use Spotlight to find all MP3 that are encoded at 320 kbps?

In order to save more space on my music collection, I want to use XLD to convert all my CBR (constant bit rate) 320 kbps MP3 to VBR (variable bit rate). How do I use Spotlight to find all 320 kbps ...
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Spotlight not indexing attachments of exchange Mail

I recently got a MBP and really love how quick spotlight is. I'm reading my exchange email via the Apple Mail app. The messages are indexed by spotlight but the contents of the attachments are not. ...
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Spotlight Doesn't Properly Show Preference Panes

I'm having an issue where Spotlight isn't properly showing results for System Preference panels. When I search for a preference panel by name (e.g. Sharing or Network), I don't get any System ...
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Using mdfind to evaluate the text content of a specified file?

I would like write an applescript to evaluate whether a particular file contains a specified string (perhaps as part of an if... then statement). I want to invoke a shell command using mdfind to do ...
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Can Spotlight show results for disconnected drives?

I have several external hard drives which I would like to search for files with Spotlight. They cannot be all connected at the same time. How can I get Spotlight results for offline external hard ...
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Finder spotlight tool not “grepping” through all file types?

We've got this development stack that's mostly javascript, and if I'm looking for a variable definition or something I can use Finder's spotlight tool to easily find the file that contains the ...
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Spotlight for currency conversion

I know that Calculator app has ability to convert currencies but is it possible to get this shortcut in Spotlight like that: currency 100 USD to GBP
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How to fix slow Spotlight and Time Machine after upgrading to 10.7.5?

Since updating to 10.7.5 both Spotlight and Time Machine are very slow. To index a normal system drive Spotlight calculates to need several days. As a result Time Machine takes up to an hour or more ...
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How can I do a full text search of plaintext files in my DropBox folder?

I understand that Spotlight will search the full text of files in any folder and will show files that contain instances of the searched text. But I would also like to see highlighted instances of the ...
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Spotlight is broken on my main partition in OS X 10.7.4

Not long after updating my main OS X installation from Snow Leopard to Lion, Spotlight stopped working on that partition, and I'm desparately trying to get it working again. It will find no files for ...
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Remove all references to Parallels 7 Windows 7 VM programs

My system has been polluted with references to programs residing in a Windows 7 VM in Parallels 7. For example, Windows programs show up in Spotlight, and in Safari settings under General->Default ...
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Have Automator add original path to Spotlight Comment for a file when moving to the trash

Is there a way to add the original path of a document as a Spotlight comment in Mountain Lion? I have created an automator workflow that automatically adds the Timestamp and user when a file is moved ...
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Spotlight Cmd+Enter to open containing folder does not work

When you type something in spotlight, highlight a result and hit Command+Enter, it should open the containing folder in finder (For reference). However, it does not work on my OSX 10.8.2 MBPR. The ...
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Does the search in Finder need spotlight?

I just reinstalled OS X Lion and turned off the spotlight immediately. I noticed that search in Finder stopped working. Is this because of disabling spotlight? Is there a way to get this back without ...
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Index screenshots

I want to be able to search through text in my screenshots that I made. Prizmo does the OCR feature pretty well and also has an Automator action provided. Unfortunately, though, I have no idea how to ...
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Why can't I search files and folders on my external NTFS drive on Mountain Lion?

I have tried to re-index my external drive by removing it from Spotlight's privacy settings and putting it back there. I tried with mdutil in the terminal and I've got the following log: bb:~ bb$ ...
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How can I hide the privacy tab from Spotlight.prefpane?

I am using spotlight search on my MacBook, and am excluding a few folders from spotlight search. My problem with Apple's method of excluding the folders is that excluding them actually calls attention ...
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Disable dictionary results in Spotlight?

How can I remove dictionary results from Spotlight results? I've typed "chrome" into Spotlight and looked up chrome in the Dictionary one too many times, and now opening Chrome takes an extra ...
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Add spotlight indexing for CSV files

On my system (Mountain Lion) Spotlight doesn't do a full-text search for comma-separated values, but I can search them with Spotlight if I rename them to .txt for example. Is there a way that I can ...
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Xcode doesn't show up in spotlight results, neither search results

I haven't noticed exactly when it happened but previously I was always using spotlight to run Xcode. Now if i'm typing "Xcode" in it, only folders containing this name show up, or some xcode projects, ...
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How to Enable Spotlight Search Files And Directories

Is it possible to let Spotlight find files and directories from all over?
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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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Can you get SL “Today” folder behavior in Lion?

Snow Leopard had a default smart folder called "Today". This folder was awesome! All "Open" dialog boxes could easily display all of the files you've worked on "Today" (which are probably the ones you ...
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Is it possible to make “Look Up” appear higher in Spotlight? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to place Dictionary definitions higher up in spotlight results If so, how? I happen to use Spotlight a lot for looking up definitions. Basically, I'll be reading or ...
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Spotlight indexing appears stuck, what can I do?

My Spotlight index got corrupted, preventing me from searching messages in Mail.app. I added my HD to Spotlight's privacy list to delete the index. I then removed it from the privacy list so Spotlight ...
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How do you fix an app icon that got associated with a file type in spotlight?

When I try and search for something using spotlight, all application results show the .c file extension icon instead of the actual app icon you would expect to see for FireFox, Safari, Mail etc. Very ...
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Finding Firefox bookmarks in Spotlight

Is there a program that will allow me to use Spotlight to search my Firefox bookmarks and open the browser window?
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Multiple languages for dictionary Look up in Spotlight

How can I handle several languages at the same time in Spotlight ? When a word exists in several languages including english, Spotlight gives me results in english. I would like to have all the ...
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How Can I Search A Specific Type of File in Mac?

Is there any way to search a specific type of file using Spotlight? I remember there was a special command or something that I had to put in front of the search phrase but I cannot remember it now. ...
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Spotlight's Privacy tab not backed up by Time Machine?

I just did a full restore from Time Machine and noticed that my Spotlight Privacy tab was empty. Am I correct in assuming that this information is not backed up by Time Machine? I believe it's stored ...
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helpd uses 100% CPU after installing any application with documentation

I see that after installing a software that ships with documentation in OS X’s help document format, the helpd process uses 100% CPU for up to 5 minutes or so. I also see this when you first install ...
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Can “mdfind” search for phrases and not just unordered words?

Is there a way to search for an exact phrase using the mdfind utility? For example, I created two text documents titled "test1" and "test2". The contents of "test1" are: I love Apple And the ...
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“Displays” system preference not showing in spotlight

I've recently upgraded to Lion 10.7.5., though not sure if my problem is related. In spotlight, I can't get the "Displays" system preferences option to show up in the results. I've tried re-indexing ...
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How can I alter the spotlight category spreadsheets to include ODS

In Lion, the "All My Files" smart folder in finder is based on spotlight search categories. While I can see how from System Preferences->Spotlight->Search Results I can alter the order of these as ...
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OS X 10.5/10.6/10.7, Search, Spotlight

I'm handling a migration from an on old Mac server to a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine running a 12 TB (10 usable) RAID 5 server. It's using an SMB share and now the OS X 10.5/10.6 users can search - ...