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

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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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Applications Don't Show Up in Spotlight

Spotlight has stopped showing any results for my Applications. I've tried reindexing and removing the index so it rebuilds it. No change. I've tried adding Applications to the Privacy tab and removing ...
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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 - ...
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How do I launch shell applications after changing shell to MacPorts bash?

I have installed a current bash version via MacPorts and changed Terminal.app to use /opt/local/bin/bash. Unfortunately shell applications won't launch from Finder and Spotlight anymore. (OSX 10.8.2, ...
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Spotlight re-index every time I restart/boot iMac

I have an iMac Late 2006 with Lion installed. I don't know since when, but since 3-4 weeks ago I am having this problem. The point is, every time I restart my iMac or boot it, Spotlight starts to ...
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Stop Spotlight from indexing a drive that is regularly unplugged and reattached

I backup my Mac laptop to a volume on an external Thunderbolt drive using SuperDuper. This drive gets removed every day when I take my computer to work, then reattached when I get home. Because it's ...
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How can I have Spotlight Comments actually get indexed by Spotlight?

I'm running the latest OS X (10.8.1). Yesterday I discovered the Spotlight Comments feature, so I went through many of my Applications and put useful comments in that field. For example, on Music ...
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Performing unit conversions in Spotlight

Is there a way to perform unit conversions from within Spotlight? For example I want to convert 1 ft^3 to cm^3 in spotlight.
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Editing iPhoto-specific metadata

Perpetua:2011-01-16 ashley$ mdls IMAG0107.jpg ... kMDItemComment = "Cat with is tongue out." So, here's my question. xattr can be used to modify some ...
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How can I start the mds process

Revised Question I am getting errors that mds cannot be started: 9/18/12 9:04:45.262 AM com.apple.launchd[1]: (com.apple.metadata.mds[4720]) Job appears to have crashed: Segmentation fault: 11 ...
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Why does mdworker keep spamming the logs on Lion?

After upgrading to Lion I keep noticing strange spamming of mdworker on the logs, even though there doesn't seem to be any noticeable CPU or IO work being done. The machine is snappy but I just can't ...
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Is “All My Files” slow because of my git and svn repos?

All My Files is often painfully slow, long beach ball spins when I open a new finder window. The thing is I actually like it... and I'm wondering if perhaps it's because of all my GIT and SVN repos ...
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Tips for using spotlight with webpages served via https

I've started using spotlight with webpages today. It will actually index the content of web pages in your history and bookmarks. It's great. But I can't find any documentation on how to use it. ...
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Exclude files from “central metadata store”

I'm fairly familiar with the mdfind utility. I find it's very useful when I can't find a file or when I need to find a file with certain contents. The problem is that I need to exclude some files from ...
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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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Keyboard shortcut for Spotlight doesn't work in full screen Google Chrome on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)

I've noticed that the Spotlight Search keyboard shortcut (cmd space) doesn't work if I'm running Google Chrome (12.0.742.122) as full screen application in Lion. Is this a Chrome-related bug or is ...
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Needs Office for Mac 2011 Outlook Spotlight?

I have deactivated Spotlight, because the mdb process used a lot of memory and I use Spotlight not really often :-) Today I searched some emails in Outlook (Office for Mac 2011) and the mails could ...
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Finder Search attribute “Tags”

It looks like the search attribute "Tags" is no longer available in the Mountain Lion Finder. I used this to quickly find Open Meta Taggged files on my Mac by means of a Smart Folder. Is there an ...
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Why does spotlight search for “term” result in AquaTerm before Terminal?

I have AquaTerm and Terminal both. Whenever I do a search in the spotlight with query "term" it shows up AquaTerm before Terminal. Terminal matches better, so it should come first. Why does ...
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How can I use Regular Expressions in Spotlight on Mountain Lion?

How can I use Regular Expressions in Spotlight on Mountain Lion? I want to use my knowledge of regular expressions to make my search results more exact.
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Spotlight in upper right screen corner in Mountain Lion

In the System Preferences panel for Spotlight in OS X 10.8, it claims "Spotlight is located at the top right corner of the screen". On my system, this no longer appears to be true; the Notification ...
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How can I make Spotlight index source code in Mountain Lion?

Under Lion I had Spotlight set up to index .as (ActionScript) files using the general instructions here: http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=2005052015041510 but installing Mountain Lion seems ...
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If I use LaunchBar can I disable Spotlight?

If I use LaunchBar can I disable Spotlight? Does LaunchBar do all of its own indexing and never use the Spotlight database? Or does it rely on the Spotlight database for some of its search ...
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Disable Spotlight indexing, save battery life

I am using my laptop with very limited battery availability. I need to save as much battery as possible. I would like to disable Spotlight indexing, how do I do that? What else should I disable, ...
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Lion not searching SMB volume

I just upgraded to Lion on my work computer and it seems like Spotlight doesn't index SMB volumes. This used to work for me perfectly under Snow Leopard. I've talked with Apple and they said it was ...
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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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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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Why is OS X indexing *again*?

For some reason, OS X thinks it's a good idea to reindex my entire hard drive (which takes it a few hours) about twice a week. This is really getting annoying, especially since it does this on ...
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Spotlight Woes! Can't search, can't reindex, can't find [closed]

Help! Spotlight stopped working ... if I go to spotlight search (top right), it just hangs. Same with Apple-F in Finder ... it causes Finder to hang for a minute or so. Cannot search. I went to ...
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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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Can I use Spotlight to search for files by name?

My most common search pattern is to search for files based on their name. When I try this in Spotlight (cmd-space) it rarely works. Is there a way to make Spotlight search for file names, and to place ...
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How to find out which file triggered an action from spotlight

I've created an applescript application (in automator) to open ssh urls. The application is bound to the ssh:// url. I've got a lot of user@host.inetloc files and search these in spotlight. Selecting ...
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Does Spotlight search work with a Time Capsule?

I would like to use a Time Capsule as a file server for 3-4 Macs in a small network. I've 600 GB of data, and a lot of small files. My colleagues work a lot with Spotlight to find files. I would like ...
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Can you tweak or customize Spotlight to find first specific files and folders?

For example, I have two folders named Edit but the one I use most frequently, shows up second on Spotlight. Can you anyhow influence the precedence and importance of found files in Spotlight?
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Sorting of Spotlight's search results is disabled in Lion

I can't sort Spotlight's search results - sorting by Name, Date Modified, et. al appears to be disabled. Google seems to be useless in finding a resolution to this - although I suspect a previous ...
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Finder crashes when searching in spotlight or opening Applications folder [closed]

I have a non-admin account (Standard account) that I normally use on my iMac. For the past 2 days I have been having a really strange issue. If I search for "Chrome" or "Firefox" on spotlight, ...
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Smart “Applications” folder

How to create a "smart" Applications folder that unifies the content of other three folders? In my machine I have three versions of OS X installed (for testing purposes) in different partitions, each ...
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How do I make Spotlight stop indexing my Backup drive?

I have a 2TB external drive I use for Time Machine. At random intervals, it will decide to spin up and my entire UI freezes until it's finished. This is incredibly annoying. It appears that this is ...
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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.