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

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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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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 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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helpd uses 100% CPU after installing any application with documentation

I see that after installing a software that ships with documentation in OS X’s help document format, the helpd process uses 100% CPU for up to 5 minutes or so. I also see this when you first install ...
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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 ...
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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 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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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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Spotlight does not index folders or subfolders

After upgrading to OS X 10.9, spotlight only show result for files but not folders. I have checked the preferences and also reindex the parenting folder by adding and removing it to the privacy tab. ...
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Why can't I search files and folders on my external NTFS drive on Mountain Lion?

I have tried to re-index my external drive by removing it from Spotlight's privacy settings and putting it back there. I tried with mdutil in the terminal and I've got the following log: bb:~ bb$ ...
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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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App launcher application that will search calendar?

I often find myself searching my calendar (iCloud) for past events, usually within the last six months, and would really like to be able to do this from one of the many application launchers out there ...
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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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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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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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In Mail, how to navigate from single email to entire conversation?

I'm using Mail 7.3 on OS X 10.9.5. I have Organize by Conversation turned on. I frequently have a scenario where I do a Spotlight search to find an email, select a result which opens that single ...
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is it possible to write spotlight conversion plugins?

I would like to add some conversion functionality to spotlight. For instance to convert hex colors to rgb. Is this at all possible?
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Spotlight searched an image and it automatically edited itself

I have DropBox installed on my Mac. In my DropBox folder are two specific images, which we'll call Image A and Image B. I was using Spotlight Search for Image A, and used the spotlight preview pane. ...
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Spotlight not highlighting the selected result

When I search something in Spotlight the top search result is highlighted by default (as it should be). However when I press the down arrow to select the next result, the top result remains ...
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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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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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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: ...
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Spotlight index only specified folder

I have found ways to disable spotlight indexing for a specific folder. But, how do I do the reverse. I want to disable all indexing enable for just one or two folder I specify. is it possible? ...
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Spotlight button doesn't work (on click displays a sound instead)

It's a totally newbie question, but I started using Mac computers like a month ago and this is something I can't find on the internet. Sometimes (yeah not always and I can't even find out when it ...
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Spotlight search in OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 crashes when indexing mails in Mail app

(Note, this is a cross post of https://discussions.apple.com/message/24066877#24066877 in case someone in this community can help a lot of the people with Mavericks Spotlight problems - I've read all ...
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Correct Way to Check if Spotlight Has Indexed a Folder's Contents

Okay, so I've written a script that uses mdfind to more quickly match files, however, I need to find the best way to check whether a target directory is indexed or not, so I can fall back to using ...
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Spotlight integration of Thunderbird 24.1.0 in Maverick

I have Thunderbird 24.1.0 running on Maverick and it works nicely. I am wondering about the integration of spotlight and thunderbird. I can search in spotlight for my emails, which is what I want, ...
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Force Spotlight Comments to be written to .DS_Store

I've come to understand that in order for Spotlight comments to be viewable in the Finder, the extended attributes have to be written to the appropriate .DS_Store file. The problem is, every time I ...
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Draft emails on Spotlight Search

When I access my Drafts Gmail folder on my iPhone 4S, there are no saved mails in the draft. However, when I search under Spotlight Search, I get a bunch of emails I started writing once but never ...
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Trackpad, mouse will not click. Command+Tab switcher is invisible

I've had this issue come up about four times now on my 15" retina Macbook Pro, running Mac OS X 10.8.4. The trackpad will no longer click — neither right nor left click works. Regardless of whether I ...
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Add spotlight indexing for CSV files

On my system (Mountain Lion) Spotlight doesn't do a full-text search for comma-separated values, but I can search them with Spotlight if I rename them to .txt for example. Is there a way that I can ...
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“Displays” system preference not showing in spotlight

I've recently upgraded to Lion 10.7.5., though not sure if my problem is related. In spotlight, I can't get the "Displays" system preferences option to show up in the results. I've tried re-indexing ...
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Finder Search attribute “Tags”

It looks like the search attribute "Tags" is no longer available in the Mountain Lion Finder. I used this to quickly find Open Meta Taggged files on my Mac by means of a Smart Folder. Is there an ...
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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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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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How to change top right menubar spotlight icon to alfreds'

I have disabled Spotlight search and assigned Spotlight's keyboard shortcut to Alfred. The only thing I am left to do is to change the top right menubar spotlight icon to alfreds'. How do I do that?
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Toggle Between Apps using keywords in app title

Is it possible on a mac os x 10.10 to toggle between applications using keywords in title of an application? Let's say I have several opened sublime text 3 instances: sublime text 3 app with folder ...
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Use English layout when open Spotlight

I have two different keyboard layouts but use the local language only for some chatting or a web search. I'd like to have an English layout when I call Spotlight to instantly open apps or to look for ...
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Picasa Face 'albums' How to Apply to Spotlight Finder Tags and/or Comments?

Goal: All the Tags and Faces in Picasa, written to Comments (or Tags) in Finder Spotlight 'Get Info' area - for searching. I'd like to do this via Folder action, automator or applescript, if possible! ...
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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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How can I see when the Spotlight index was re-indexed for the last time?

How can I see when the Spotlight index was (manually) re-indexed for the last time?
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Two problems in Yosemite in French: Spotlight and Ctrl + More, how to fix them?

My OS is in French. 1) I open Spotlight and converted any currency to ARS (Argentinean peso), but Spotlight doesn't recognise this currency. It doesn't recognise AR, ARS, $AR, $ARS, Argentinean peso, ...
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Any way to hack Yosemite Spotlight to work in Mavericks?

Just reverted back to Mavericks from Yosemite; too many CUDA issues. But the one thing I miss is the new Spotlight. Any way to get it to work in Mavericks? Or has the whole md index structure ...
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Spotlight server is disabled on OS X 10.10

My Spotlight Server seems to be disabled. Trying any mdutil commands result in: sudo mdutil -a -i off 2015-01-23 21:36:57.318 mdutil[65971:6745925] Metadata.framework [Error]: mdsCopyStorePaths ...
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How to fix Spotlight size bug

How do I fix the bug in Spotlight where it doesn't display correctly in some resolutions? I'm using a smaller resolution and it's appearing wrong. (Specifically, mine is: Macbook Air 11-inch at 1152 x ...
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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 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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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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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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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 > ...