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

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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 ...
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Spotlight file path in Yosemite

How do I expand the file path in Spotlight in Yosemite? In previous OS versions it would scroll to see the entire path, but now it only shows the end of the path preceded by ... Many of my files are ...
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Spotlight not showing Bing results on iOS 8

I'm running iOS 8.0.2 on iPhone 5 and was really hyped about being able to get web search results from Spotlight. Unfortunately whenever I type a query into Spotlight it doesn't display Bing results. ...
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Why is there a web process active even if Safari isn't opened?

I noticed that even when Safari is closed, many web processes are active, and these processes are active even when I just restarted my Mac. Actually, I noticed that this process is in the Spotlight ...
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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 >> ...
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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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OSX hangs on startup after large file search caused a crash (Mavericks 10.9.5)

Well, my computer won't startup. Gray screen on regular startups, black screen with no cursor on safe mode startup. It started after a everything froze while performing a massive file search in ...
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Force Spotlight to index a normally un-indexed folder

Spotlight only indexes a limited number of folders and doesn't index all of the files on your system. This makes sense and for the average user this usually isn't a problem. However, I recently ...
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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 do I change Spotlight search engine?

when I use Spotlight, it offers to "Search web for: " (something like that, my system is german). When I use this feature, Chrome pops up and searches with the Yahoo search engine. Chrome is the ...
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Yosemite: is there a way to put back Spotlight under the magnifying glass?

I would like to get the Spotlight prompt under the magnifying glass positioned in the top right of the screen under the menu bar. Yosemite shows it in the middle of the screen. Is this configurable ...
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Spotlight doesn't show Finder

I typed "Finder" in Spotlight. Finder isn't shown. Why? I use Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) On Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) typing "Finder" in Spotlight does display the finder app.
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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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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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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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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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Spotlight on Mac (Yosemite) does not find my files

I'm currently running Yosemite 10.10.1 on my new Mac laptop. Today, I tried to use Alfred and then Spotlight to find some files on my computer and noticed that no matter what I tried, I could not get ...
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How to get old Spotlight Search back for Yosemite?

I do not like Yosemite's default Spotlight search. It is in the middle of screen and I can see very little outputs at once. It is so much helpful when it is full screen. Example of the window ...
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How do I hide the Spotlight icon on Yosemite, but keep the Spotlight functionality?

I use Spotlight in OS X, and I have long disliked its attachment to the menu bar. Now, in Yosemite, Spotlight shows up as an overlay in the middle of the screen when summoned, much like other ...
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mdworker process always at 100%, even when not indexing

I'm trying to understand why mdworker is always at 100% even when (apparently) not indexing. If I open Spotlight, there's no message telling me that a drive is being indexed. If I run fs_usage -w -f ...
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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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Search LaTeX documentation with Alfred

I'm using Alfred v2 on Mavericks. I would like to use it to quickly locate documentation of LaTeX packages (PDF files). I have TeXLive 2014 installed in /usr/local/texlive/2014. I added ...
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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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Can spotlight do Int > Hex conversion ?

Spotlight is great to do some fast calculation and conversions. But can he also do some geeky conversions like Integers <> Hexadecimals or Integers <> Binary ?
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how to find files with .j or .jp extension

I have some image files that have a messed up extension. The files are of the following format: "filename." "filename.j" "filename.jp" I need to find all these files which are in several folders and ...
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Assign spotlight short cut to different keys

By default in Yosemite Spotlight shortcut is assigned to ⌘SPACE, but change language is also ⌘SPACE so for a multilingual person it turns out to be a tough choice which one to use. I am wondering if ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Spotlight change keywords in Yosemite

Spotlight seems to always suggest the wrong thing and doesn't learn when I don't choose the Top Hit. Is it possible to change the priorities of Spotlight? The internet suggests that there has been a ...
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How to search the web with Spotlight in Yosemite regardless of location

Now that we know that Yosemite's new Spotlight Suggestions are officially made available only in some selected countries, I'm wondering if there's any way to search the web (Bing, Wikipedia, Google, ...
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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.
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Spotlight not finding .app created with appify

I've used a script called appify described here https://mathiasbynens.be/notes/shell-script-mac-apps to create /Applications/Emacs.app that runs the actual Emacs.app at ...
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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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In Spotlight search results, how do I find which folder contains a specific file?

In OSX Spotlight, how do I find in which folder a document is? It used to be that hovering the mouse over the doc would show the folder. I miss that functionality!
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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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Spotlight always asking if it should reopen already opened xls file

I am a fan of Spotlight and always tend to use it for navigating through my opened apps and docs. However I found out, that when it comes to xls files that are already opened, I get a popup with a ...
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Spotlight shortcut Cmd+Space stops working in Yosemite

I have to go to the spotlight menu under system preferences and change and re-set the keyboard shortcut to Cmd+Space and then it starts to work again. Has anyone else also experienced this? Anyone ...
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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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How do you get Spotlight to search in sub-directories?

How do you get Spotlight to search in sub-directories like Windows Explorer does? Here I have done the same search on the same directory - the root of the usb drive SFD223128GB using both OS X Finder ...
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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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Translation of words in spotlight

I am looking for an extension for spotlight on Yosemite, which allows an offline translation of english words into german and vice-versa. Similar to the inbuilt dictionary, but rather giving a ...
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Spotlight / Show in Finder / in new Tab instead of new Window

In a Spotlight search instead of clicking on the search-results, one may press ⌘ Cmd-R. This shows the file in Finder. Problem: this always opens the result in a new Finder window (despite having set ...
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mail filtering bug (Mail.mdimporter)

Sometimes my email is not getting parsed into the Spotlight database correctly. Email addresses on the To: line do not all get added to the kMDItemRecipients or kMDItemRecipientEmailAddresses ...
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Yosemite Server: Spotlight from client

I just bought a Mac mini to use as our office server (Yosemite). How can I search the shared folders with Spotlight from my client iMac? I tried to connect via SMB and AFP (Go > Connect to Server > ...
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How to disable Developer and Web Searches in Spotlight?

Yesterday I upgraded to Lion and it seems it got some additions on Spotlight - the Developer and Web Searches groups. Sadly I couldn't find a way to disable them. There isn't an option in the ...
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Prevent spotlight from searching packages content in saved search (on 10.9.5)

I tagged all the files inside my Documents folder, now I'd like to create and save a smart folder searching for all the untagged files, just in case I create or move a file to that folder without ...
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Consumer NAS supporting Spotlight search?

Is there a consumer-level NAS (e.g. making a NAS out of a Mac Mini is at the other end of the spectrum) that supports Spotlight search? That is, searching for the contents within files without needing ...
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Prevent Finder from opening new windows AT ALL!

(OSX 10.10) Yes! I know already, that there is the option »always open a new tab«. BUT there are exceptions. E. g. when hitting Command+R on a search-result in Spotlight or Finder (despite the ...
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How to disable Spotlight indexing when on battery?

Every time I add a few MBss of files to my SD disk, Spotlight starts eating battery (per Activity Monitor Energy Impact) for one to several days indexing them. How can I make indexing to turn off ...