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

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Spotlight/Finder will not index after Yosemite update

I'm currently working in OS X 10.10.3. I made a bit of a jump from 10.6.9 as our system was falling behind from the person who previously held my position. All of my customer files are stored on an ...
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How to attach spotlight found document to mail message with os x yosemite?

In my mail message I want to attach an image. I located the image via spotlight and now I want to attach it to my mail message (plain apple mail). The image file is somewhere deep in my ...
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Spotlight Search on Yosemite indexes and shows iTunesLibrary.h and other files with “.h” extension

I am running Yosemite on My MacBook Air. Spotlight settings are as below: Even though I have not selected any option, it still shows ".h" files in result. Check below image for reference. As ...
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Make spotlight open new instance of application instead of going to application

I recently moved from Windows to OSX, and find it frustrating that typing Chrome, Sublime Text or Terminal in Spotlight do not allow me to open a new window, but instead takes me to an open window of ...
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Spotlight on Yosemite not launching Apps

My Yosemite spotlight does not start app anymore. I tend to use it for quickly starting up apps like Terminal, but now it just sort of hangs... Any ideas to fix it?
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How to switch from Spotlight to Alfred via Terminal?

I installed Alfred through homebrew-cask. I want to disable Spotlight and let Alfred be opened with Cmd+S. The first Terminal-based solution I tried was unloading Spotlight with sudo launchctl unload ...
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How to restore Spotlight user interface after killing it with Cocktail?

I installed an App called cocktail and disabled spotlight. But now the Application does not start and it gives an error of some sort. I deleted the App and I do not have Spotlight anymore. Can I ...
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Why Does OS X Mavericks Start Indexing After A Crash?

My macbook pro (mid-2010 running 10.9.5) has been crashing a lot lately. I haven't made any changes to it (either hardware or software) or installed anything new but it seems to be something to do ...
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Document Container vs Folder Name

Please refer to the Mac OSX search attributes mentioned below. Any idea what's the difference between "Document Container" and "Folder Name"? Also what's the expected value of "Containing Folder ...
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What is the difference between open (-a) <app> and double click in finder/spotlight?

I recently installed leksah on my Mac (once directly, once via brew cask). When I try to open it in Finder, Dock or use spotlight the window flashes open for a second and then closes immediately. ...
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Why does Spotlight in Mavericks not show the location of search results?

With Mountain Lion, the following was working: Search for a file type and name, e.g. to find all Excel sheets named Foo: kind:excel foo This would show all Excel sheets where the name includes Foo ...
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Is it possible to read out the “Album Artist” ID3 tag with spotlight query?

I know that a spotlight query is capable of reading the "Artist" ID3 tag of mp3 files but is it also possible to read out (speak) the "Artist Album" ID3 field? This source doesnt say anything about ...
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Spotlight search returns no results on iOS (intermittently)

I'm on 8.0.2 but it happened on 8.0.0 too. Spotlight just won't show anything no matter what I type.
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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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How do I find files with no extension in Finder?

I'm trying to find all files that have no extension in a Finder folder. I know how to search by extension and exclude a specific extension but what do I type in the box if I want no extension at all? ...
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Spotlight data size to big

I have have was cleaning up my Macintosh's Hard Drive. I was using Windows 8.1 for that purpose(Bootcamp). I found that the size of spotlight folder was too big(951 MB). Is it normal or I should ...
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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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Quick look doesn't work in spotlight

When I use spotlight (on Yosemite 10.10.2), Quick Look doesn't display a preview in the right panel anymore. Only when I click on a folder in the left panel it displays the contents of the map in the ...
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Can I search for something on Google directly from Spotlight?

Whenever I have to search for something, I have to open Safari and then type in it. Is there any way to search directly, like type it in Spotlight and press click something and Safari will open ...
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How Finder can find this file with long name?

Macbook Air 1.3GHz Intel Core i5 8GB Memory DDR3 OSX Yosemite This is because of the long name, I think: Hans-Jorg Oestern, Otmar Lorenz Trentz, Lorem Ipsum Lorem Vascular Injuries- Trauma ...
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Unable to re-enable Spotlight on Volume

I've been trying to debug a "Waiting for index to be ready" issue with my Time Machine volume, and one piece of advice that I've encountered is re-creating the Spotlight index on the volume. To do ...
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Changed default mail client, but Spotlight still opens Mail.App; how to change it?

Because of some other bugs with Mail.App's handling of certain email formats, I've installed Thunderbird to give that a try. I configured it to be the default (from the Mail.App preferences). That ...
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Why is “Spotlight Web Content” using so much VRAM and CPU?

Why is “Spotlight Web Content” using so much (32.56 GB) virtual RAM and CPU (up to 122.41% apparently)? More interestingly, how can I prevent it from doing so? I am running this MacBook Pro with 4GB ...
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mdimport - bad packing

While forcing the index of a folder on an external drive through the command line (mdimport), I get "bad packing" pushed to stdout. Anyone have an idea what this rather cryptic error means?
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Is there a way to limit OS X when searching for apps?

My issue is that OS X is finding multiple versions of applications. When opening a file with the "Open with ..." option, I see multiple versions of an app. This is being caused by having multiple OS ...
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How to gain insight into spotlight index?

I'd like to get a list of all indexed files and their path that spotlight came across. How would I do that ? mdutil does not seem to be of any help.
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Search file duplicates in OSX by hash

I am looking for a way to search for a determinate file in OSX (Maverick but more generally OSX). In particular I would like to do the following: given a File_001 I'd like to search if in the ...
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Different Spotlight preferences per boot volume

In my Mac Pro, I have two boot volumes — one stable with Mavericks and one for testing Yosemite. When running Mavericks, I want Spotlight to ignore the entire Yosemite volume, and vice versa. But ...
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How to disable spotlight for Alfred

I use Alfred instead of spotlight but sometimes I accidentally press cmd + space( Spotlight Shortcut ) instead of double shift( Alfred Shortcut ). I want to disable Spotlight( shortcut + not run it in ...
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Spotlight icon missing on Yosemite

The Spotlight icon isn't showing up in the upper right; even if I try to launch it manually from core services, nothing happens. I'm running Yosemite. How can I get the icon back?
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Why does my iPod Touch show Spotlight differently?

I have an iPod Touch 5th gen (latest). After I upgraded to iOS 8.2, the Spotlight display looks like the following. Instead of the icons fading out to nearly invisible (as it does on my iPad and an ...
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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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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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Add Folder to Spotlight Index in Yosemite

I found a link somewhere that uses mdimport -f command, however, when using it on the command line, I got the message that says warning, the -f option has been obsoleted, and does nothing. So, ...
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Can I add more math constants to Spotlight search?

You can use pi to do calculations, but I also want to add tau and more math constants, is there a way to do this?
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How do you start and stop the Spotlight server in Yosemite?

There are many forums answering this question for previous versions of MAC OSX, but 10.10 doesn't seem to have the service 'com.apple.metadata.mds.plist' in /System/Library/LaunchDaemons. It has 3 ...
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Why does Spotlight pick the DVD Player app when I enter the math equation 5*3?

I only use Spotlight for quick math. Because of that, I decided to modify my Spotlight preferences (System Preferences -> Spotlight -> Search Results) to only show results for Conversion and ...
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Automator “Filter Finder Items” issues with spotlight

When using an automator workflow with the following actions: Get Specified Finder Items (some zip files) Open Finder Items (with an unzipping utility) Move Finder Items (to an existing folder) ...
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How to search for .zip files instead of all compressed files?

How do you search for a file of a specific type in OS X Yosemite? I cannot seem to find any instructions on how to do this. In the Finder search I enter: kind:zip But it returns all compressed ...
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Can I add a mdimporter file to have new option search in spotlight?

In System/Library/spotlight there are several files like " Application.mdimporter " which seems they appropriate searching for spotlight. Can I add any file like them? Is there any way to make files ...
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Does Spotlight index dotfiles (OS X Yosemite)?

I want to create an Alfred workflow with some dotfiles (i.e. zsh config files). Long story short, in Alfred, I only can play with files indexed by Spotlight. Apparently, Spotlight doesn't index ...
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Spotlight preview broken in Yosemite

I recently discovered this nice little spotlight feature in that you can convert a number of bytes into a human readable format. E.g you can type 2147483648 bytes and it will give the corresponding ...
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Search result -> filename instead of name (For smart folders)

Can anybody help me out. I want to create a smartfolder with all my mp3's. I renamed all my mp3's to correct full name. For example: Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight.mp3 When I create a smart ...
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Applescript to update MP3 Spotlight tag from iTunes tag

Here is my situation. I have a large iTunes library that has songs tagged with the "Year" in iTunes. I have a Hazel Rule for the noodlesoft hazel software which reads from Finder's "Year Recorded" ...
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Is it possible to switch Spotlight in OS X to using Google?

Spotlight (in Yosemite) has the ability to search the web. However, this only works with Bing. Is it possible to switch it to using Google?
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How exclude a specific folder from spotlight search but not from search window?

I'm trying to set up my Mac so that it will exclude files in a folder called 'XYZ' from the search results in spotlight only. The reason is because these files are mostly private, and I don't want ...
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How do I turn on calculator in spotlight without enabling conversions?

In Yosemite spotlight sends all requests to multiple third parties depending on your settings. I've disabled all of these options, leaving "Calculator, System Preferences and Applications" out of ...
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Yosemite Spotlight Calculator suddenly stopped working

I use Spotlight's Calculator feature occasionally, but I've noticed that it has stopped working recently. Instead I get a "No Results" message: I've verified that Calculator is enabled in ...
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How to install wifi in Macbook Pro

Currently I am using a Macbook Pro with OSX 10.8.5 & I just notice that there is no "wifi option" in this Machine. Because, to make that back in Desktop menu bar I go to: Preference >> ...