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System Prefs > Spotlight I'm guessing 'Bing Web Searches' might be the one you want rid of… or perhaps Spotlight Suggestions... It may also be somewhat interactive with Safari Prefs - Search [though I've not tested this, I've switched mine all off anyway]


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Open a new finder window and type "zip" in the search. Select "Zip archive" in "kinds". You can also just type out kind:.zip and press enter and you'll get the appropriate filter: Note - omitting the . after the : results in many compressed files and not just those with .zip extension or literal conformance to that specification.


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This command will list all files indexed by spotlight system: mdfind "kMDItemDisplayName == '*'" To store the output in a file: mdfind "kMDItemDisplayName == '*'" > listOfFiles.txt


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You can directly search for zip files by entering: kMDItemFSName:.zip or even better: kMDItemKind:"Zip" into Spotlight Search in Finder. To get more kMD* keywords make mdls /path/to/file in Terminal to list them. Here is great pdf with a list of search attributes and other hints.


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I've tried creating a PDF file with that name on two machines and both immediately index the files and provide them in searches for any part of the name. I would be curious to the see the actual content of the file in case the content is somehow causing the indexer to fail, but then you say the indexes okay with shorter names, so it doesn't follow that the ...


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Type ⌘+F on Finder and you will see the search bar. By default appears Kind is Any. Replace Kind with File Extension (you can find it under Others...), then you can type zip in the field and you will have the results immediately. Additionally if you feel confortable with the Terminal, you can use the following command: find . -name "*.zip"


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If you're using Little Snitch then you can block Spotlight altogether:                    There are two items to pay attention to, and they are Spotlight and SpotlightNetHelper. I always block SpotlightNetHelper because from my observation it apparently by default it ...


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This has been a bug in Spotlight for a very long time and there does not seem to currently be a workaround except for renaming the file to be a shorter filename, as you have already discovered. The bug is only present for certain files and folders though and appears more frequently on certain machines. This extenuates the likelihood of it being a bug. For ...


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From Spotlight: Show All in Finder -> ctrl+click the file -> Show in Enclosing Folder or select Get Info. Now you are at the file's location or have the files address (from Get Info) without opening the file.


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I had this happen when I ran a beta version of iOS (8.0 beta 3 iirc). A reboot sometimes fixed it, but it kept coming back. The next beta fixed it for me. Try rebooting, and check your accessibility options for greyscale (I have it in the triple-click home button menu, which I guessed was the culprit). Try disabling all accessibility options. If you really ...


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In the "System Preferences" app select "Spotlight" from the top row. Now, uncheck the box titled "Spotlight search keyboard shortcut:" I set the Alfred keyboard shortcut to Command-Space, which works a bit like Alfred on stock Yosemite machines. If you want to keep the ability to search Spotlight with a keyboard shortcut, you could also change the shortcut ...


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Spotlight indexing and searching (or the respective privacy setting) is volume based and not system based. So turning off Spotlight on one volume is enforced, whether you boot from one or the other system volume. So the only possibility I see is the following solution: Don't mount the respective alternative volume while booted to one. Or mount it read only ...


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The Spotlight Web Content process is part of Spotlight Suggestions. When you start to type in Spotlight or the Safari address bar, Apple sends what you are typing out to their servers to suggest possible web matches and pre-fetch web pages based on what the system thinks you might be looking for. For example, if you start to type N E, it may pre-load ...


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There are typically user immutable flags set on Time Machine backup volumes so that even root can't directly chown or chmod. You can look at these with: ls -laeO /Volumes/* ls -laeO /Volumes/Backup/Backups.backupdb/ Mac:~ me$ ls -laeO /Volumes/Backup/Backups.backupdb/ total 0 drwxr-xr-x@ 7 root wheel - 238 Mar 3 04:40 . 0: group:everyone deny ...


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Not sure if the feature exists for Spotlight. However, Alfred is a replacement for Spotlight which does what you need and much more:


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Haven't tested, but if you install Flashlight there is a plugin for Search on Google. Add over 120 plugins to OS X's Spotlight search box. Check the weather, search the web, send an iMessage, find an emoji, and more. For OS X Yosemite. Completely open-source. No crazy installer. Uninstall with one click. Sample Google search using Flashlight ...


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I have experienced the exact same issue since few days as well (AFAIR about 2 days ago), and am trying to find a solution. This is what my OSX Console log (Apps > Utilities > Console) looks like, just after selecting a program / document in spotlight results: 04/03/2015 14:29:27,288 WindowServer[202]: disable_update_timeout: UI updates were forcibly ...


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Yes, you can create your own Spotlight importers. You can find Apple's documentation here. The importers don't need to sit in /System/Library/Spotlight that is intended solely for importers that come with the operating system. What usually happens is an application developer will create an importer to support their file formats and include the importer ...


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The first thing I would do is remove the Spotlight local store on your boot volume :- sudo mdutil -E / Do the above at a Terminal Prompt. You might also try adding the entire volume to the "Privacy" pane in System Preferences→Spotlight.


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Spotlight can only perform the functions listed in the math man page (type man math in Terminal to get a full list of functions). Adding a new constant like τ would likely require modifying a library.



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