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Questions tagged [spotlight]

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

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How do I remove Outlook mail from Spotlight?

I primarily use Mail.app for my Exchange mail account. But I need to keep Outlook around for those rare cases I need it (for instance editing distribution lists on the server). But this makes ...
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Can’t start applications from Spotlight

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 ...
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mds and lsd going crazy

I have noticed big peaks of activity of processes: mds mds_stores lsd mdworker (multiple processes) The console loops over two messages from mds: LaunchServices: Database mapping failed with result ...
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macOS removing my internal HDD from the prevent spotlight-search-menu under system preferences>privacy automatically

I don't use spotlight so I added my internal HDD into the exception/privacy/do-not-index option under privacy tab in system preferences. Now, the problem: each and every time I log in to my mac I don'...
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macOS High Sierra, Messages won't search at all

I just got a new 2018 Macbook Pro, so I'm in the process of migrating from my 2013 MBP to the new one. I don't trust the Migration Assistant due to numerous bad past experiences, so I do this kind of ...
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Is Spotlight index on an external USB drive reused when connected to a different Mac?

I have a 10TB external usb drive that is shared among 3 Macs. It has been indexing for a while now and I'm worried that every time I connect it to a different Mac it gets reindexed. Is the index ...
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Can you search Filenames in Spotlight as opposed to all metadata and contents by default?

I understand there is a dropdown menu in the spotlight search to select "Filenames" in spotlight, but is there a way to make this your default when searching?
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Spotlight Search displays “Indexing…” forever

macOS 10.12.6 Spotlight Search, when I start to type, it changes from a single-line text field to the real-time search results. In the left, between the bar and the "Top Hits" search results, it ...
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SIGSEGV Spotlight error

My new MacBook Pro 2018 8 core on Mojave has some issues generating a proper Spotlight database. I tried the obvious methods of excluding the drive, re-including it, and the terminal commands for ...
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Spotlight solution stops TextEdit files opening

After running the solution for Spotlight re-indexing takes too long or doesn't work I can't save or open TextEdit files on any drive. I get the error: The document “anyfilename” could not be opened....
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Increasing the size of the search field in the file-picker dialog

This is a Finder window's bar. The search field in the top right is about 25% of the width unless I make it quite narrow. This is a file-picker dialog. The search field is always this tiny, ...
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Add Library folder to Spotlight privacy folder except Mail/MailData

having some search/index problems with Mail app on old Mac OS. How can I put ~/Library into spotlight privacy (in order to not index) except ~/Library/Mail Mac OSX 10.8 at the moment I just ...
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Reposition Spotlight search bar to its default location in macOS Mojave [duplicate]

I accidentally dragged and moved the Spotlight search bar shown on pressing Command + Space. This is what it looks like now: I want to re-center it, but I am not very sure how to do it precisely. Is ...
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How do I restore the previous “Command-Space” search?

When I use "Command-Space" on my Mac I want it to search only my files, not the Internet or the galaxy at large. Yesterday when I tried to use it I was presented with an infinite variety of options, ...
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Does anyone find that spotlight forgets docx files every day?

For setup, we've been dealing with spotlight issues for 4 years on two MacBooks with my wife's files. We've done all the usual tricks (for example spotlight privacy tab, sudo mdutil -E / ) and they ...
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Anyway to obtain list of Application that can open a file via Terminal?

In the finder you can control click on a document to get the contextual menu, this has 'open with..' with a submenu of all apps that can open that document. Is there a way to get this list via ...
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Launchpad rearranges itself. Mojave 10.14.1

My launchpad has a page of my most used apps (page 1) and folders for unused apps (page 2). Every time I restart my Mac or run killall Dock the Launchpad get rearranged so the folders are on the first ...
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Query Spotlight indexing status from Terminal

Is there a way to get the indexing status of Spotlight using Terminal commands? I know that I can just press command+space and type anything to get a progress bar, but I would like to be able to get ...
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MacOS Spotlight does not search djvu files

each time I search for a djvu document file, the spotlight does not index it. I cannot see the files but are there in finder. How can I solve this problem? Maybe it depends on the filter I made on the ...
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Mojave Spotlight opens duplicates/copies of documents instead of the original

My father recently upgraded his MacBook Air to macOS Mojave. Ever since, when opening documents directly from Spotlight (but so far only from Spotlight—this does not happen when opening from a Finder ...
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Spotlight stopped working

For some reason my spotlight shortcut stopped working yesterday my MBP running Sierra 10.12.6 I am not using BetterTouch tools, it is a very non customised install of OS X: Spotlight shortcut (cmd+...
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Weird spotlight issue

For whatever reason, when I launch spotlight, type in "1", "1", "2", spotlight closes automatically. Does anyone else have this issue? Running 10.12.6 (16G1510) on a 2015 Macbook Pro
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Spotlight Repeatedly Silently Crashing

I have two Macs (10.12.6) on which spotlight is repeatedly silently crashing. What I mean by this is as I'm typing into spotlight, the search bar goes away, the search icon disappears from the menu ...
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Spotlight is disabled but “._file_name” still get created on external drives that I plug in [duplicate]

I want to prevent my MAC from creating ._file_name files on external memory drives that I plug into it. I think I've turned off Spotlight completely. However, such files keep getting created. How to ...
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How to debug the cause of an enormous Spotlight index?

My Spotlight index (MacBook Air 13, 10.13.6) has been growing out of control requiring me to delete and rebuild at least twice per day. I have about 70 Gb available on my HDD, and the Spotlight ...
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Disable Spotlight indexing but not searching

I have an 2009 Mac mini running Yosemite which is creaking a little thanks to our old friend, Spotlight. Frequently the disk will start thrashing as mds_stores et al kick in. I'd like to be able to ...
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Spotlight not finding folders, files, or apps in High Sierra

I can't be sure it's related but after I turned on File Encryption Spotlight just stopped working on files folders and apps. I tried all the advice I saw in this post on this forum and more, including ...
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Spotlight crashes when entering a specific query string

I have a folder on my mac which I access occasionally, let's say its name is FolderABC. I usually hit CMD + Space to bring up Spotlight, then type the name into it and it will be the first result. ...
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Why won't my USB drive power down on eject?

I've just upgraded from High Sierra to Mojave. I have a Lacie Porsche USB-C drive that I use for Time Machine backups. In High Sierra when I ejected the drive, it would power off and I could safely ...
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Spotlight re-indexing takes too long or doesn't work

Issue After forcing Spotlight to reindex, no files or directories can be found. Setup I've got a MacBook Pro 15" 2017 with a 512 GB SSD: 250 GB main volume (36 free) and a BOOTCAMP partition (not ...
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Spotlight “Privacy” and wildcards

I would like to have Mac Spotlight avoid indexing volumes with the name prefix of "backup". As in "backupA", "backupB". and "backupXYZ123". Is there any way to use wildcard in Spotlight Privacy? As in,...
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Is there a way to get OSX Finder to search through .ts (textscript) files?

I really like using OSX's finder to quickly find a particular file and its content based on search, I need to work on in my web projects. We often have 100s upon 100s of separate files and I need to ...
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Command + Space Spotlight shortcut stopped working

I don't know what made it stopped working. I use BetterTouchTools, but not command has that shortcut and even when I close it, Command + Space still doesn't work. I checked System Preferences → ...
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Gatekeeper notification doesn't show location of application

I just received a system notification that an application I downloaded with Homebrew was not allowed to launch. This is fine, but the notification gives me no information about where this app resides. ...
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Excluding specific file names and types (not categories, not folders) from Spotlight

How can I completly and permanently exclude specific files (with names like readme or general file formats like .php) from Spotlight search? One practical example: I have important notes saved as ...
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Hide Everything For Cmd+Space Spotlight Search but Applications

I am trying to use Spotlight as a way to solely launch my most used applications. A lot of them have similar names, so for me Spotlight displaying in a linear down list works much better then lets ...
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Why does Spotlight think “CHROM” matches Chrome, but “CHROME” matches Calendar?

This behavior has been consistent for months, maybe even years at this point, and I finally decided to make a screen recording of it just to have some verification that it's really happening. The ...
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Spotlight finds Notes via magnifying glass, but not via Finder “Find” or mdfind

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 ...
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Teaching mdworker some manners

Ever since my SSD upgrade, I'm having troubles with my MBP Mid-2010 shutting down "randomly". To be more precise, it seems to be caused by mds/mdworker utilizing 100% of my CPU. As a fix I have ...
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Spotlight won't index /Applications

I noticed some apps missing from Spotlight, so I tried to force a reindex by adding /Applications to the exclusion list, then removing it. Now it's even worse, as none of my apps are indexed. How do I ...
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Is it possible to customize the default order of Spotlight's results?

One day when trying to open Xcode.app with Spotlight, I accidentally told it to open Xcode Server Builder.app. Now every time I type in Xcode into Spotlight, the first result it gives me is Xcode ...
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Samba Share is mounted and shows indexing enabled, but why doesn't work?

I am running macOS High Sierra version 10.13.6 (17G65). I enabled indexing on samba share by using sudo mdutil -i on command. The result: $ sudo mdutil -s /Volumes/e\$/ /Volumes/e$: Indexing ...
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Mac File System Tagging questions regarding external USB drive, SMB shares and indexing

(1) I googled mac tagging. I know the tagging was stored in HFS+ file system's extended attribute. But when I create tags in SMB shares (which are ext4 and ntfs on the network), I find out the tags ...
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Set default priority of mdworker processes

How can I reduce the impact of spotlight indexing by pushing the priority down? Spotlight is both useful and annoying. When I build code on my mac, I may generate 1000s of new files. I can tell ...
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Spotlight plugin for DjVu files does not search files with text in Cyrillic

On a Mac with OS X El Capitan, I installed DjView-4.10.6. It automatically created the plugin: /Applications/DjView.app/Contents/Library/Spotlight/DjVu.mdimporter I launched it by running mdimport -...
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Alfred doesn't see Simulator app

I installed Alfred on a 10.13 machine a few days ago and it doesn't see Simulator app. I tried to reinstall Alfred, clear Alfred cache multiple times, rebuild Spotlight index. No luck. It works ...
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Convert MS Word DOC and DOCX file to RTF keeping modification date

I've got a folder full of about 2000 MS Word (DOC and DOCX) files that I need to do complex searches in -- for example, finding documents that contain John but not John Doe. Or 21,000 but not 21,000,...
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How to make Spotlight index shell script wrapper applications?

You can create executable Application Bundles containing a script with the same name (e.g. Example.app and Example.app/Example). Unfortunately, these applications do not seem to get indexed by ...
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Make Spotlight never index file contents in the first place

How do I make Spotlight be as lightweight as possible, in the sense that it should not index contents of files, which is very heavy work compared to just indexing file names. This question says how ...
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How to export the Preview Contents of Spotlight search results?

The notes I had on my local computer have recently vanished. I tried converting the files found in the "Notes backup" location to HTML as suggested by this site but that only yielded 1 useful note. I ...