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Questions about Spotlight, a system-wide desktop search feature of Apple's OS X and iOS operating system.

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Is a file that can be shown by `mdimport -d2 file` in spotlight database?

I have a file that can be shown with the following command. $ mdimport -d2 file.pdf But when I use the following command to search for the file. The file won't show up immediately. mdfind -onlyin ...
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Why mdls can not show kMDItemTextContent?

The following command does not show info about kMDItemTextContent. $ mdls -name kMDItemTextContent xxx.pdf kMDItemTextContent = (null) But this one does show the content of kMDItemTextContent. Does ...
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configure spotlight database to use pdftotex to extract text from PDF files

The default kMDItemTextContent populated by the metadata server on Mac has some problems. I'd like to replace the text in kMDItemTextContent extracted from PDFs by using xpdf's pdftotext. Does anybody ...
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How to get rid of the stocks app from spotlight?

I run OS running on german - there the stocks app ("Aktien") clashes with the activity monitor ("Aktivitätsanzeite"). I prefer to launch apps via spotlight. Often just a millisecond before I press ...
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How to make spotlight index specific files immediately?

I have a lot of new files and the CPU is quite busy. When I just add a new file, the command mdfind won't find it immediately. I have to wait for some time (definitely longer than the time needed to ...
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Does .metadata_never_index work for keeping folders out of Spotlight in Catalina?

In older releases of macOS one could create .metadata_never_index in any folder to prevent it and its children from being indexed. This seems to have stopped working at some point. Does this or ...
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How to force Spotlight to index only certain volumes with no new volume indexing?

I need to force Spotlight to index only two volumes and to never try to index future inserted or attached volumes again, including networked volumes. In this case I want to index / and /Volumes/Users ...
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Are macOS Spotlight privacy settings shared between parallel installs?

I have two independent copies of macOS Catalina installed on two different disk partitions. Somehow, when I change Spotlight privacy settings in one of them, same settings and up applying into ...
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Safari on iPadOS: searching for tabs across windows

Non-discoverability is often an issue for tablet apps, but I feel like the following problem may be a case of “either I can’t see it even right in front of my face, or it just doesn’t exist”. So: can ...
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Spotlight is slow in Catalina

This isn't your standard "spotlight is slow" post due to things taking 5 seconds to react. The clue that something is strange is that on Terminal, if I type "mdfind name-of-file" it works in <1 ...
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Hiding iCloud folders from search on iOS

I have a few files that come up frequently in my searches from the iOS equivalent of spotlight (idk what this is called just swiping down on the home screen) that I dont want previewed in search. I am ...
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Increase the number of search results in Spotlight window

I use Spotlight (Command Space) a lot as my general tool to select applications and find files of various kinds. The Spotlight window only shows a small number of results: in order to see the full ...
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New folders for Spotlight index under 10.15 Catalina

In Mac OS 10.15 Catalina you can see three folders in the path /var/db/Spotlight-V100/ BootVolume. Local volume. Volume In previous versions of the operating system I could only find the "Volume" ...
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Spotlight overlay stopped working on Catalina

The spotlight overlay that is available via cmd+space suddenly stopped working. First I thought it was maybe a conflicting keyboard shortcut. But clicking on the little search icon in the top right ...
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Find hidden file via SpotLight [duplicate]

How do I search for a hidden file in macOS? I know the Command Shift . shows hidden file on Finder, but I am looking for a way to search for it. For Example, I want to look for .npmrc file, and it ...
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How can I get spotlight to search everywhere for any file?

I know for a fact that a file named 1A0CFDAF-E43B-49E1-AC88-CD8CC9146947.jpeg exists in my photo library originals/ subdirectory. But searching for 1A0CFDAF-E43B-49E1-AC88-CD8CC9146947.jpeg using ...
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Catalina: Spotlight can no longer launch many apps

I just installed Catalina (10.15.2). I can no longer launch many apps with Spotlight: Terminal.app, Mail.app, Calendar.app, the dictionary, etc. Some apps do launch, like Safari and Numbers. It ...
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Searching for visible and invisible system files gives no results [duplicate]

I'm running a search and I have selected File Visibility: Visibile and Invisible and also System Files: Are included. Yet when I search for either ssh or .ssh either by name or everything: it fails ...
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Having archived applications on MacOS. How to tell OS to ignore them?

So I have a folder of applications that I don't use but I might need in the future. However, these applications, even on a secondary or external disk, in any folder, will prompt MacOS to scan and ...
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Spotlight indexing occasionally throws Error Returned from daemon: Error Domain=com.apple.accounts Code=9 in console

For the past week Spotlight on my Mac has been indexing my 256GB drive, using about 200% CPU more or less constantly and it hasn't gone anywhere, so today I opened up the console and filtered by ...
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Does Spotlight index the contents of symlinks?

From what I can tell, Finder searches do not follow symlinks. Is this expected behavior? I can't find it documented anywhere. Background: I've been syncing some PDFs using Dropbox (location A), but ...
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always launch new window from spotlight

I want to launch new window for all applications every time when i launch an app using spotlight or alfred. Is there any to accomplisht that?
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spotlight finds “anaconda-navigator” but `conda` has been uninstalled

CLARIFICATION. I am not trying to use conda, much less reinstall it. My question is about a behaviour that I don't understand. THE BEHAVIOUR. Some time ago I (must have) uninstalled conda, and ...
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Alfred and Spotlight don't detect VSCode even though I've it on shortcuts

When I installed the VSCode I had added it to dock applications. I am not able to find it/open it with Alfred or Spotlight. I tried to search for: code, VSCode, visual studio code, and nothing. It ...
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Mount Read-only Disk Image Without Breaking Spotlight?

I have a disk image with my main media library inside it, but I normally only mount this as read-only, as this prevents applications from touching anything inside (which can cause a lot of band files ...
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Why is Spotlight contacting Yahoo i.e. Oath?

A very creepy thing is happening. Every time I turn on Wifi, I see a connection by Catalina's Spotlight to Yahoo's Oath service: Spotlight 49345 me 17u IPv4 0x93dfe36e77e7a7ae 0t0 TCP ...
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Apple Mail search & smart mailboxes stopped working

Since I upgraded to macOS Catalina this weak, the following features of Apple Mail no longer work: Search Flagged Mail Smart Mailboxes I have tried reindexing everything using Spotlight and also ...
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Get dictionary definition of words in spotlight in Catalina?

I just updated to macOS Catalina. Looks like I can't type a word I don't know the meaning of into spotlight and get its dictionary definition anymore, even though in System Preferences > Spotlight "...
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Is there a way to quickly search the web via Spotlight?

On macOS, you can use Spotlight to quickly do a web search of your query through hotkeys by pressing CMD + B. Is there any equivalent functionality in iPadOS? Using a Bluetooth keyboard, I have ...
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Why doesn't Spotlight look inside shell scripts?

I have a bunch of shell scripts (all plain text files) in /usr/local/scripts If I do fgrep -il '@todo' * there are 14 files which match. If I do mdfind -onlyin /usr/local/scripts '@TODO' there are ...
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How can I use spotlight search to open a specific file path

Is there a way to do Command+Spacebar to open the spotlight search on macOS Mojave, and then give the path of a folder you want to open? For example: "open ~/Documents/File" or some equivalent. ...
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Issues with internal flash storage drive, time machine and spotlight

Anyone experienced similar issues that my internal drive, where OS X is installed is looking like this (About This Mac --> Storage). Also Finder can not see second partition of the drive. On top of ...
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Unable to update safari due to “Spotlight is using the SafariQuickLookPreview extension”

Error message: Spotlight is using the SafariQuickLookPreview extension, which must be closed before the software can be installed. I have already closed safari. What do I need to do to update ...
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A file appears in the recent items but doesn't appear in spotlight

I'm pretty new to the platform and I have just borrowed a Mac from someone a few days ago as well. A file appears in the recent items but not in spotlight search. I have also noticed that when I try ...
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Spotlight Significant Energy Usage

The battery life on my MBP 2017 has recently decreased to around 3-4 hours after lasting around 8-9 hours for the past 9 months. Activity monitor also shows spotlight having an average energy impact ...
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Mission control + spotlight

I am coming from linux world, using plain gnome. In gnome there is a view very similar to mission control: The main difference is that gnome has a "search" field (which in essence is like Spotlight). ...
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How to use Automator to filter Finder items on network shares

I was trying to use the Automator action "Filter Finder Items" and wouldn't get any results, I had a feeling it was because it's a network share the source I'm working with. After a little searching I ...
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macos is not switching to active space when current window is in full screen

I use most of my apps in full screen which creates individual spaces. The issue is the current app/space does not change focus when I try to open another app. Example: I download a file on the ...
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Spotlight doesn't show applications

Setup I've got a MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017) Problem When I type in the name of an application, Spotlight doesn't show the application. When I do sudo mdutil -E /, It says the following, Error: ...
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How to delete files from the “Masters” folders of “Photos” library

I am using osX Sierra 10.12.6, and about a year ago, scanned some slides for a friend and for convenience and some quick editing put them temporarily in the "Photos" application, then deleted them. ...
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How can I Spotlight search exclusively in `.txt` files in `~/.` on my disk?

I was talking to Mr. Ramanujan at his desk when he gave me his cell phone number. I recall I had a text editor open and I wrote the number in a file. Normally I store such details in ~/phone-numbers....
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How do I reset Storage App's Index?

I deleted some games I played to free up hard drive space on my Mac and the Storage utility is still reporting the game taking up space even though I deleted it the other day (restarts don't help ...
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Apple Mail.app does not find any emails when searching (though they do show up in spotlight)

For a while now, the search function in Mail.app has not been functioning properly. Whenever I search for anything, even if I know that such an email exists, nothing comes up. What is odd is that if I ...
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Deleted files from MacBook but space is not being cleared

Today I moved a folder (a folder I created myself that contained video files) from my HD that was almost 100GB in size to an external HD (I don't use Time Machine/never have) and once I ejected the ...
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OSX Language switch as in windows?

How to make OSX behave the same way as Windows in regards to multiple keyboard languages (drives me crazy)? In Windows, each app starts with default language, unless you have chosen a new language ...
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Ruby workflow in Alfred_app

I use Alfredapp in replacement of Spotlight. Inside Alfredapp, for some workflow, which use Ruby, the inner search function doesn't work and I receive this kind of message. So the problem is not ...
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Spotlight icon started flickering constantly

I'm running High Sierra 10.13.3 on a 15" rMBP, with Alfred v3.8.2 as my Spotlight alternative. I haven't used Spotlight for years, and I honestly can't remember if the icon was always there or not ...
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IntelliJ IDEA + JBR11 uninstalled but still appears in Spotlight Search

I have uninstalled the JBR11 version of IntelliJ and installed the standard version, but both versions appear in Spotlight Search. How can I fix this?
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How to Jump to A Specific Window in Mac OS? [duplicate]

I often have a million windows opened, and I use spotlight to jump directly to the window of interest, by typing the app's name. This works well for app like Slack, where only one window will be ...
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Sharing and Permissions - always shows “Fetching” instead of the user name

I am a basic Mac user, so please bear with me. I have a WD MyCloud EX2 to store large files and videos - over 10000 files, so searching is critical for me. The WD NAS, the iMac are connected via ...

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