Why doesn't Spotlight work now that I've upgraded to Yosemite? How to fix?

  • Other glitches - content in desktop folders have disappeared.
    – user124277
    Commented May 1, 2015 at 19:38
  • spotlight might take a day to update; other glitches - run disk utility & fix perms & disk [should do that before & after an OS update just to be sure]
    – Tetsujin
    Commented May 1, 2015 at 19:54

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Spotlight: How to re-index folders or volumes Learn how to re-index a folder or an entire volume for Spotlight.

From the Apple () menu, choose System Preferences. Click Spotlight. Click the Privacy tab. Drag a folder or an entire volume (your hard drive) to the list. If prompted for confirmation, click OK. Remove the item or volume you just added to the list by clicking it and then clicking the minus ("-") button. Close Spotlight preferences. Spotlight will re-index the contents of the folder or volume.

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