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?


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 '11 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 '11 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 '11 at 16:39

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