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

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How do I get spotlight to recognise custom tags on an external server?

I'm trying to sort files on an external server using custom tags, however spotlight doesn't seem to recognise the custom tags. It works successfully with the standard OSX tags (i.e. red, yellow, blue ...
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Can't find network files over SMB protocol using the Spotlight in Lion

I tried to find some files in a network volume mounted in OS X Lion over SMB using Spotlight. Didn't work. But, when I tried the same search from OS X Snow Leopard it worked perfectly. What do I ...
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How to play an album on iTunes using only the keyboard?

Every time I want to start playing an album on iTunes I have to move my hands to the mouse or trackpad. I wonder if there is a way to avoid it, and just use the keyboard. The two main options I see ...
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Extreme energy usage by Spotlight

I recently (two days ago) updated to El Capitan on my work machine (15" MBP, Mid 2015, 2.5 GHz Core i7, 16GB ram, R9 M370X, 500GB SSD) and ever since then, Spotlight has been draining my battery and ...
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How to put Spotlight back into the middle of the screen

I have a Mid 2012 MacBook Pro. For some reason, Spotlight search now appears in the middle of the right hand edge of the screen, rather than the center. This is not catastrophic, but extremely odd. I ...
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Spotlight search bar doesn't show up in middle of screen

For some reason, when I activate Spotlight, the bar shows up in the top right part of the screen instead of the middle. I've tried restarting and connecting to an external monitor, to no avail.
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Spotlight / Finder - search words within files and preview occurrence

When searching for specific words inside documents, upon getting the results, is there a way to then preview in the document where that word occurs without having to first open the document and ...
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What kind of data does Spotlight index and store on OS X?

With Spotlight it's possible to find almost anything on a Mac computer, but to know everything, Spotlight must keep this information somewhere. Regarding text (txt, doc, pages, etc,) files, Spotlight ...
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Apple Script for copying path and name and pasting it in Spotlight Comment box Mac OS X 10.9.5 (and 10.11.4)

I have a bunch of files to rename from someone else that sit inside folders and subfolders, and would like to copy the path and file name to the Spotlight comment of each file before I do anything ...
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Why does mdworker segfault when scanning files owned by root?

While investigating a disk with ever-dwindling free space and a CPU pegged at >100%, I eventually determined that the problem was mdworker repeatedly segfaulting, keeping syslogd and CrashReporter ...
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Wanted: Apple Script for copying file name and pasting it in Spotlight Comment box Mac OS X 10.8.5

Global Peace Mission Project looking for automating pre sorting movie file routines. Due to the instant impact inflow of third party YouTube contributions triggered by a blog launched March 22 after ...
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Single application not showing up in Spotlight

I have a strange issue where Matlab stubbornly refuses to appear in Spotlight search results. I'm not sure what information to provide besides the fact it clearly exists in Applications: It even ...
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Spotlight randomly chose Chinese as dictionary language after El Capitan upgrade

After upgrading to El Capitan, suddenly Spotlight dictionary searches only show results in Chinese (I think). I have absolutely no idea why it chose Chinese, as I am not a user of that language. ...
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How to hide files found in spotlight?

I want to hide TOP HIT, FOLDERS and DEVELOPER catalogues. The only item I expect is DEFINITION. Is there any way to do this? Here is my current preference, but it doesn't work. This post can't ...
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Wrong Storage Space in ElCapitan

I am running OS X EL Capitan (10.11.3) in my MBP and I have been trying to use BootCamp. Whenever I try to open the Boot Camp Assistant it says you need at least 50 GB free space. I have deleted many ...
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How to really exclude Time Machine Backups from Spotlight-indexing?

I try to exclude my TimeMachine-backup-storage from being indexed by spotlight and got some weird behaviour. The backup storage is a Time Capsule. To exclude it, i did the following in terminal: ...
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How to search LaTeX -documents in Spotlight?

I have reproduced the problem now also in El Capitan with new components (motherboard, 3x SSD) in my Macbook Air 2013-mid. I have had clean installation of OS X (El Capitan, Yosemite) while doing 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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Outlook 2016 email and events not showing in Spotlight preview

I am running Outlook 2016 on Yosemite. I noticed that the Spotlight indexed Outlook files, such as mail and events, are not showing in the Spotlight preview. Please see screenshot. Anyone seen this ...
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How to Replace mdfind with any other tool for .tex?

I am trying to replace mdfind because of false search of .tex files as discussed in the thread How to search LaTeX -documents in Spotlight? However, I cannot find any well maintained solution for the ...
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Do Sophos and Spotlight conflict and if so, how can I run both applications without problems?

I just got a brand new 13" MacBook Pro at work. I have noticed that Spotlight has been running constantly giving me ~4 hours of battery life. The motivation for getting this laptop was to have the ...
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How to isolate processes that evoke insane mds_stores disk read activity?

I have an interesting situation where when I monitor my disk activity, I find that mds_store is continually running between 1 to 35 megabytes per second (averaging around 3-5 MB/s) on the read and ...
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Hook into Spotlight [closed]

I'm trying to figure out if its possible to include custom results in the Spotlight search. Our organization has an external page for looking up certain data and I want to be able to include these ...
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Removing a news source from iOS Spotlight Search

I like the headlines from Spotlight Search, but I hate that fact it displays many sites that have paywalls (e.g., LA Times, NY Times, etc). Is there a way to tell iOS not to show certain sites in the ...
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Spotlight search customizations

How do I customize the news sources in Spotlight suggestions? I don't want to disable as others have answered. I want to remove certain suggestions that require subscriptions to read the articles. ...
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Use spotlight (or Alfred) to open an existing chrome tab

I want to easily jump to gmail as one of many (many, many) open tabs in Chrome. If I could just type "gmail" into Spotlight and it would take me to that tab in Chrome, that would work great for me. ...
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Removing news headlines from Spotlight Search in iOS 9

How can I turn off news headlines from Spotlight Search in iOS 9?
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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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Index partition on Time Capsule and open on Startup

I recently reinstalled the OS on my MacBook Pro. All of my files are backed up on my Time Capsule. However, as my Mac is now running a zillion times faster without all the files on it, I decided not ...
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How to force spotlight to reimport index

I have a large remote (fuse-mounted) drive that I would like to be indexed with spotlight. After executing sudo mdutil -i on </path/to/volume> spotlight creates the .Spotlight-V100 directory ...
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How can I diagnose a spotlight 'hang'?

On Mac OS X 10.10.5 (Yosemite), the spotlight searching UI just says "indexing…" in the search results. It's been this way for at least 12+ hours of processing on a MBP with solid-state. I ...
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Show Library folder and subfolders in Spotlight Search

As a software developer, I often need to look into files within the Library folder. For quick access, I'd like to be able to see the files in my Spotlight searches. How can I do that?
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Spotlight doesn't work after Yosemite Upgrade

Why doesn't Spotlight work now that I've upgraded to Yosemite? How to fix?
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Is there a way to show Spotlight indexing status/progress in Yosemite?

In previous versions of OS X, you could click the Spotlight icon in the menu bar to show the status of the Spotlight indexing, and it would show an estimate ("6 hours left"), along with a progress ...
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How to find a telephone number strored in contacts by searching for a substring on iPhone

I'd like to search my iPhone contacts using a part of a telephone number as a key (search by substring). The integrated spotlight search, however, doesn't return any entries when searching for a full ...
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iPhone Spotlight not showing results

A few OS updates ago (maybe as far back at the first 9.x version?), Spotlight search on my iPhone has performed very inconsistently. I can enter the same search string several times, but I'd say no ...
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mac search for file type

I am trying to find mp3 and mp4 on my external hd. I tried to follow these methods here. How Can I Search A Specific Type of File in Mac? This did not work kind: mp3 kind: mp4 This was the only ...
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How to add a currency in Currency Conversion in calculator?

I love the calculator/spotlight currency conversion feature for osx 10.11, the problem I'm facing right now is that the currency I'm converting is USD to PhP (Philippine Peso) and it is also not in ...
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Spotlight “Indexing and searching disabled.” message in terminal on OSX. Why?

My spotlight searching hasn't worked for quite some time and I've tried everything I could find on Google. I can't search for anything on my MacBook.. literally nothing shows up. I'll list the things ...
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How to enable searching inside Google Drive/Docs using Spotlight?

Has anyone found/created a working solution for searching inside Google Docs using Spotlight? Precipitate used to provide this functionality, but unfortunately no longer works and is no longer ...
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Why doesn't OS X Spotlight search inside .json files?

I am trying to search a folder for an ID number. The folder contains various different file types. The ID can be found in several .json files, but non of them show up. If I rename the .json file to ...
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Mac El Capitan Spotlight XPC Connection Invalidated

I first started using El Capitan when the public beta was released. I continued to enjoy the snapping operating system until one day my laptop's SATA cable decided to give up on me. I got the cable ...
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How do I force Spotlight to stop corrupting my external hard drive and destroying my time machine backups?

I am at my wits end with this horrible technology. I've been through this cycle over and and over again. I explicitly tell spotlight not to index my external hard drive. It ignores my wishes and ...
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Mail search not finding messages but Spotlight does

When I search for a particular message in Mail.app, using the search field, even when I have the message in sight, Mail cannot find it. But, frustratingly, when I use Spotlight, it is able to find the ...
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How can I launch a printer scanner from Spotlight?

I can go to the "Printers & Scanners" panel from Spotlight, but I cannot call the scanner directly. Is there any way to make Spotlight index a shortcut to the default printer's Scanner app? It ...
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Spotlight misses first character after Cmd-Space [duplicate]

When I call up spotlight by pressing command-space, and then start typing something Spotlight often seems to miss the first letter I type. It doesn't happen every time, only about 1 in 5 times I use ...
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Prioritise spotlight search results in El Capitan

It seems this feature has been scrapped for el capitan. I'm a designer so I want all images to appear at the top of the search results. Anyone worked out a hack for this?
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Why can't Spotlight find an application I know is there?

I have this application called Cura Type A, but Spotlight cannot find it, even when I show all results in Finder... Anyone know why?
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In El Capitan has the ability to search within dialog boxes for items on a server changed?

In the previous version of OSX I had I was able to (for example) go into InDesign, use the 'Place' option to open a dialog box and then select the folder on the server I wanted to search in and then ...
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How to eject my external drive when my Mac refuses because of Spotlight?

I have plugged an external disk to my Mac. Now, I want to eject it. But my Mac stubbornly refuses and says that an application may be using the disk. I have not launched any app neither opened any ...