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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 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 ...
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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 ...