I would like to ask if you encountered similar error, and what have you done to solve it.

When I open multiple PDF files in Preview ( mainly text), and then search for some common substring like building, typing firstly b, then u, then i, then l, and usually preview crashes after typing 4-5 characters.

I emphasize I have opened 10-13 pdfs,(one is max 2 pages long), and it crashes everytime when I try to search by aforementioned method. Has it happened to you and how did you solve it? I submited a bug report to apple anyway.

EDIT: added code

Exception Type:        EXC_CRASH (SIGABRT)
Exception Codes:       0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000

Application Specific Information:
*** Terminating app due to uncaught exception 'NSOutlineView', reason: 'NSOutlineView error removing child indexes <NSIndexSet: 0x7fbbe99f08c0>[number of indexes: 1 (in 1 ranges), indexes: (11)] in parent 0x0 (which has 11 children).'
terminating with uncaught exception of type NSException
abort() called

I tried to reinstall preview using this guide https://superuser.com/questions/835035/preview-app-always-crashes?newreg=a67db93698f84d459728455bb530cad9 from fresh Yosemite installation, without any result, it still crashes.

EDIT: Seems like this is not only related to text searching: preview crashing with yosemite and mavericks

  • what does the crash reports ? or no report ?
    – Ruskes
    Jan 15, 2015 at 17:54
  • The first step is always to trash the Preferences file, whatever the app, as they do become corrupt. Then install a fresh copy.
    – Zo219
    Jan 16, 2015 at 1:58
  • Someone on the Apple support forum suggested enclosing the search in quotes. Works for me.
    – chb
    Nov 8, 2017 at 18:10

1 Answer 1


This could be a symptom of a corrupted Spotlight index. You can rebuild your Spotlight index using Apple's instructions:


Just realize that it can take a while to rebuild depending on how many files you have on your hard drive(s).

  • How exactly would this resolve Preview's search function?! It's not crashing due to spotlight, it's crashing due to the Find function in Preview!
    – MrU
    Feb 18, 2016 at 0:38
  • It's probably crashing due to a corrupt Spotlight index. The NSOutlineView has trouble getting the relevant data (developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Cocoa/Reference/…). Rebuild the Spotlight index would be my recommendation.
    – J.C.
    Feb 27, 2016 at 9:33

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