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

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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 ...
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Exclude apps from Spotlight results

Is there a way to exclude specific apps from Spotlight search results? For example, in my daily workflow I rarely open iTunes. So when I want to open iTerm2 it would be great to save the extra ...
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Is there a hotkey to Search Wikipedia for “x”?

This is a question about keyboard shortcuts. I think it's quite cool that you can put a word into the spotlight and one of the options is to search Wikipedia for it, but to get that functionality ...
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How can I blacklist filetypes from Spotlight search results?

Spotlight has a quirk that I want to fix, if possible. When I search for certain keywords, such as categories in System Preferences, Spotlight will place a document as the "Top Hit" in the search ...
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Find a file/folder within another folder with OSX UI

I often have project folders clientA, clientB, personalproj1 etc and often they all have commonly used files/filers e.g. They might all have myCode.js, so when I type myReusedCode.js in spotlight (or ...
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How do so set “date added” metadata in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

The Finder in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion shows a new piece of file metadata, "Date Added," which tracks the date an item was added to a folder. After upgrading to 10.7, none of the items in my ~/Downloads ...
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Force Spotlight to Index Hidden Folder

Is it possible to force spotlight to index a hidden folder? Long description: I'm using an alfred workflow that uses the command line interface (mdfind) to find the paths to .sublime-project files on ...
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Hide applications in contextual menu 'Open with' from an other OS X installation [closed]

I just installed OS X 10.10 Yosemite (but this problem exists for any other OS with applications that run on your current Mac OS) and, because I have a Carbon Copy Clone of my old Mavericks ...
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Searching by file name (as opposed to name and contents) in Lion

In earlier versions of OSX, when you search in a Finder window, it gave you the choice of searching by contents or file name. In Lion this choice seems to have disappeared, I can only search by ...
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Is it possible to remove Web Searches from Spotlight?

when I am searching anything with spotlight a category Web Searches appears at the bottom of the results. Clicking these links Safari opens and would search the web or wikipedia. But I never use these ...
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How to ENABLE indexing on a Folder on a Volume that uses .metadata_never_index?

Spotlight is such a crazy maniac... It regularly uses over 3GB of RAM on my Mac Pro..and it has FOR YEARS. I've stopped fighting it.. and I just touch a .metadata_never_index file at the root of ay ...
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How to stop OS X from writing Spotlight and Trash files to memory cards and USB sticks?

When plugging a USB stick into a Mac, OS X creates a number of hidden files on the stick, including a Spotlight index and Trash folder. Example from the terminal for a USB stick "Untitled": $ ls -a ...
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iPhone video GPS metadata in spotlight

I use Hazel to rename my photos and videos. My goal is to have the date and GPS coordinates as the file name. Hazel does this well with photos but cannot get GPS coordinates for videos. It appears ...
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“open with” and Spotlight cluttered with different versions of files/apps

The app versions are not even in my Applications directory anymore. Is there something wrong or can I edit settings for that somewhere? It seems as if my backup drive is indexed as well. How to avoid ...
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Mavericks: notifications no longer displaying

I recently upgraded to Mavericks (download from app store). Before this upgrade, I could click on the the notifications UI element at the very top-right of the display; this would cause the whole ...
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How can I create a Saved Search that excludes a specific folder from the results?

I'm trying to set up a Saved Search of my Mac that will exclude files in a folder called 'XYZ' from the search results. The reason is because I'm getting a ton of false positives from that folder that ...
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Tag and Metadata searching doesn't work in Spotlight

There's a problem with searching for a tags and metadata e.g. kind:movie in my Spotlight. Actually, it doesn't work even tag:Red in Spotlight. It's weird, because I can search easy using Finder, but ...
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How to link a Gmail backup (mbox via getmail) to Mail.app

I primarily use Gmail's web interface to access my email, but recently I started backing up my gmail data using the getmail tool. (Note that the link indicates that this is for Linux, but it will also ...
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How to have spotlight index .tex files?

I want spotlight to index my .tex files and show them as possible results when I search. I imagine the solution would work for any extension, but right now I only care about .tex
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Spotlight not indexing secondary drive

I have two drives on my MacBook Pro. One is a SSD with the root (/) partition, and the other is a hard drive with a home directory partition (/Users). Both partitions are HFS+ format. When I make a ...
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Removing spotlight icon from menu bar persistently

I tried to remove spotlight form the menu bar with the following trick: sudo chmod 600 /System/Library/CoreServices/Search.bundle/Contents/MacOS/Search killall SystemUIServer Unfortunately if I ...
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How to display the location of files with Spotlight?

When searching for a file with Spotlight (and with the Finder) I often find many different versions of the correct file name. But to choose the correct one I want to deal with, I should see its ...
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Spotlight shortcut not working within an app(s) anymore

I love the spotlights cmd + space functionality to start apps. Half of the time now the spotlight isn't working for me. I'm on 10.9.2 if that matters. Say I'm in Chrome and want to open Word, for ...
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Spotlight Re-Indexing at Startup

I have a 15" Macbook Pro Early 2011 and OS X 10.9.2. Spotlight is starting to re-index process when I logged in. I want to know: is this a normal behaviour?
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Find function across all applications [duplicate]

In Safari, I do a Find on the page content for a word. Then I switch to another app, and that same word (or words) is automatically used (or changes the previous search term I had used). Any way to ...
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Can Alfred search the content of files by default too and not just file names?

When I search for files in Alfred, I’m seeing that words within files (like rtf files, txt) are not being searched where in Spotlight, by default it is. Say I have a file called ‘file.rtf’ and in it ...
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Can Spotlight be configured to search ALL files on the hard drive (or is there a powerful alternative) - like Windows' Start Menu search can be?

On Windows - since Vista onwards - I'm used to an extremely powerfully configurable instant file/folder/setting search feature: namely its instant indexed Start Menu search. Having a powerful ...
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Can I sort Spotlight results by most-recently-used?

Like everyone else, I use spotlight to open up OSX apps. But I also like to use it to open up a particular log file, or a specific remote desktop connection. When I search for the osx app, it is ...
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OSX Mavericks jumping spotlight menu

Just upgraded to the latest version of Mavericks. When I start a spotlight query, it seems that the spotlight menu is jumping around. I took a screencast of it and copied a few frames showing: ...