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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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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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Removing Spotlight index for a no-more-existent Time Machine drive

Suppose that an old full Time Machine drive is attached to a new macOS installation, and configured as the main backup storage (but no backup of the new position already begun). Spotlight started ...
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How to copy files to an SD Card without macOS metadata files?

I regularly copy firmware for a 3D printer to SD cards. I format the drive and copy the same set of files to each SD card, and the macOS metadata specific files always go with it (.fseventsd,....
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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 ...