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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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Can't launch JetBrains Toolbox on macOS Mojave 10.14.5

I'm trying to launch the JetBrains Toolbox, but it seems I can't. When I launch via Spotlight search, nothing appears to happen. But when I try to run the launcher manually from the command line, this ...
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How to optimize Mojave for inside a VM?

This may sound like possible duplicate, however it's not. The focus of the question is very specific to OS version macOS Mojave 10.14, with a very specific goal in mind explained below. The host OS ...
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How to check which currency conversions that spotlight supports? Is the currency supported by different regions different?

How to check which currency conversions that spotlight supports? Is the currency supported by different regions different? Currently, I set the area to Hong Kong, supporting most currencies including ...
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Mojave attached Volume Information

I have the following excerpt from macOS Mojave logs.what do they mean? mds: [com.apple.spotlightserver:Volume] volume:0x7ff9a01cd200 vsd:0x7ff99e876400 ********** unmount setting -1 This log entry ...
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Rename application so I can search for it with spotlight

Is there a way to rename an application so I can search for it with Spotlight? I don't see a rename option there.
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How to bring application to foreground using Spotlight/keystrokes (named windows/named applications)?

I can open Spotlight with Command + Spacebar. That's nice, and I can search for the program I want in the foreground, but sometimes the application doesn't come to the foreground. Is there some series ...
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In Search/Spotlight, can you exclude files within $HOME/Library?

I am trying to make some Smart Folders to compensate for the woefully useless Recents folder but I am having some problems trying to filter out things I don't want to appear. One of them is excluding ...
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mds processes are constantly crashing

Mojave 10.14.4 here -- mds_worker processes constantly crashing and re-spawning as per the logs. The 'indexing' spotlight bar stops at various different points, always getting stuck, though in ...
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Restore Spotlight Indexing

I deleted existing Spotlight Indexing on my MacBook Pro running macOS Mojave by executing: sudo rm -rfv /.Spotlight-V100 Now I don’t see anything - no apps, downloads, trash, nada. How do I undo ...
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After rebuilding LaunchServices com.apple.launchservices.secure.plist remains unchanged. Why?

various quirks and derailments of LaunchServices have already been plentifully discussed here and elsewhere… I have recently excluded my external backup drive from Spotlight search and all seems to be ...
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make dictionary result white text in spotlight in mojave dark theme

I can't read the result. How do I make the text white? I am on macOS Mojave 10.14.4
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Search Issues on MacOS [duplicate]

For the past 2-3 months, I am having a weird issue on my Macbook Air. I was hoping if someone here can help me out. First, spotlight stopped searching on my mac. In the picture below, I am searching ...
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How to enable Spotlight search in NAS attached folder with macOS Mojave 10.14.4?

I'm using Synology NAS for my file storage solution. It has been doing great, except one thing. I am unable to do Spotlight search to any of my network drive. I have enabled the indexing in my ...
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How to ignore Spotlight index for a volume contain another macOS

Volume A: macOS A Volume B: macOS B How can I ignore Spotlight index of Volume B when using macOS A, while keeping index data and use index when switching to macOS B.
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Outlook 2016 Search no results 16.16.8

We've been having a issue at our work where a handful of users have a problem with the search in Outlook 2016 for Mac. We have tried re-indexing their Spotlight. Doesn't resolve the problem. We have ...
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Spotlight conversion in UK units

If I type '1 pint' into Spotlight, I am told that this is equivalent to 0.47l. This is true for US units, but I am in the UK, where a pint is 0.57l. Many other imperial units, such as the gallon, are ...
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Is it possible to speed up Spotlight indexing?

Since Spotlight did not find a number of files on my disk, I decided to rebuild its index using the suggested method. Now Spotlight is reindexing my drive, which usually takes about 2–3 hours. ...
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Slight delay when bringing up spotlight since booting from an external drive

I copied all my data to an external hard drive and used that as my main hard drive for a few days. After that I noticed a slight delay when bringing up spotlight, so that when I search for "Safari", ...
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spotlight does not find text in .docx files

On my MacBook Pro running Sierra I have this problem: when I look for a text string in a MS Word ".docx" file the search function does not find it although it can be found all right when I save the ...
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Finder and Spotlight not returning the expected results when searching

Am I right to think that Spotlight or Finder should search through the contents of a file? When I search in Finder or Spotlight for a word inside a text (.txt) or rtf document, it doesn't return ...
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Spotlight search not including Applications in the result [MacOS Mojave]

Problem: apps not being included in the result. None of the apps show up. Expected behavior: FaceTime App included a top hit. Tried re-indexing by adding and then removing from Privacy tab in ...
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How to stop macbook spotlight from showing internet website and dictionary?

I just want to search files in my computer. If I want to search things in internet I will go to browser.
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mdfind gives different results from Finder

On my MBP running Mojave (with SSD drive), I noticed that when searching for a file using mdfind utility I get different results than when doing the same search from Finder. No location/path ...
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spotlight math calculation precision 0 = 1E-29?

Any idea why if typed into spotlight search, the first formula results in 1E-29, while second formula result in 0? Can a step-by-step explanation be had as to why this bug exists? It's clear this ...
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limiting mdfind on Terminal to files changed in the last x minutes/hours?

It's relatively simple to use find to look for recent files. find . -cmin -5 will look for all files changed in the last 5 minutes under the current directory. But find is very much slower than ...
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How To Search For Property List Files That Contain A String On Mac

Is there a way to search for all property list files that contain a certain string? Spotlight doesn't search inside .plist files. Yes, I have 'System Files Are Included'. For example, say a plist (...
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Why doesn't spotlight return this file?

I am on macOS High Sierra 10.13.3. I created a file with Python but when I search for its name inside Spotlight (or Finder), it's not there. When I os.getcwd() and manually follow its path, it is ...
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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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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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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 ...