I discovered that Spotlight can find my Notes if I just use the magnifying class icon in the main menu bar, but not if I open a Finder window and use command-F.
I've always assumed these were just two different ways of getting at Spotlight, using the same underlying data and engine. Is that completely wrong?
I was looking for something I wrote recently, and didn't remember whether it was text, a WP document, email, a note, or something else. So I opened a Finder window, hit command-F, switched to "Contents", and typed in a few words. Got lots of stuff, but not the file I wanted.
I tried many alternate words and phrases, limiting the search to my user area, limiting modification dates, etc. etc. -- nothing.
Then I opened Notes and did a search there. Instantly found the right note.
So I copied a short phrase out, pasted it into the magnifying glass's searchbox. It found it just fine. Then I did command-F from a finder window again, and pasted it as a "Contents" search. Not found. I then reproduced the same problem with a different note and different search words.
I checked a bunch of things:
I tried words not in the first paragraph of the note, in case Spotlight considers that the "Name" rather than "Contents". No difference.
It doesn't matter whether I limit to my user area or not.
Nothing relevant is excluded via System Preferences / Spotlight / Privacy.
I wasn't trying to search for partial words.
I fiddled with mdfind, and it couldn't find the notes either.
The notes in question are not locked.
So, anybody know what the deal is with Find and Notes?
This is on a MacBookPro running High Sierra (10.13.6). Notes is Version 4.5 (876.1). It's syncing to my iCloud account, and that's the default for new notes.