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

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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 some/...
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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 down....
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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 ...
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Privacy fail? Spotlight shows the Safari pages read by other user accounts

Suppose you have two family members using the same computer, each with their own user account (Jack and Jill). Jill opens a page in her Safari browser (in her user account) for say: "Pregnancy ...
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Choose providers in ios 9 spotlight suggested news [duplicate]

I wonder where I can choose/ change the news sources that spotlight uses in the new iOS 9...! I live in Switzerland and don't have the News App... i've never visited most of the sites before
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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 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 /System/Library/CoreServices/Search.bundle/Contents/...
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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 /usr/...
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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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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 │   └── BC758E30-9A07-4193-BEE7-...
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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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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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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 ...