I recently noticed that some of the applications cannot be started from Spotlight anymore. They show up correctly in the search results but then hitting return doesn't do anything (other than closing the Spotlight dialog that is). Indexing is turned on and I already tried re-indexing.
This is on High Sierra 10.13.6.
It happened only with a handful of 3rd party apps so far. A pattern emerged:
- Update an app which replaces an existing
.app(i.e. same name) → Spotlight shows the OLD version as per "Version: xyz", I guess that's the reason it won't start
- Update an app where the new version's
.apphas a different name e.g. rebranding and delete the old
.app→ Spotlight shows the old AND the new version, the new one can be started