I'd like to add a Spotlight comment to TextEdit.app. Is that possible?

What I've done:

  • Open Finder
  • Browse to /Applications/
  • Select TextEdit
  • Press + I (Get Info)
  • Click the lock icon to unlock the dialog
  • Click on Spotlight comment text field
  • Nothing happens. Even cut, copy and paste options are disabled in the context menu.

This seems to be the case for all the other OS X bundled apps as well (Font Book, iChat, iCal, …)

I could create an alias of the app and give comments to it, but are there any other ways?


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You need to have write permission for the bundle. After you open the lock:

  • Select 'Read & Write' permission for 'everyone'
  • Add your comments
  • Restore the permissions
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    You could also try to set them as root rather than changing permissions. Something like sudo xattr -w com.apple.metadata:kMDItemFinderComment "shazam" /Applications/Text\ Edit.app should do the trick
    – bmike
    Jul 9, 2011 at 16:21
  • @bmike, say, first time I'd like to flag a comment as "Not a comment — This was posted as a comment but it does answer the question. It should possibly be an answer." if I could :-D Jul 10, 2011 at 7:51
  • I didn't have time to test it well - xattr isn't the best documented or stable command on OS X so I wanted it as a comment. If I can test I'll answer this later, but feel free to answer it yourself with xattr - your thanks is all the reward I need.
    – bmike
    Jul 10, 2011 at 16:39

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