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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 there a way to get Spotlight to search for xattr?

I like to tag files with xattr, e.g. xattr -w user.foo bar myfile. Is there a way that I can then use Spotlight to search for a given xattr key (or key-value pair)? For example, if I put foo or foo:...
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Count pages in PDF (for non-technical, mac using person)

I have a person who is looking to count pages of her perhaps 2-3000 PDFS. Unfortunately I am away and not sure what to do. She is non-technical. She needs a total count, of all the pdfs, combined (it ...
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Pages update gone wrong

When I spotlight search for Pages on my mac, it opens "pages panel" but not pages. The only way I can find the Pages application is through Launchpad. Is this something that I can fix in some way?
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When is the metadata store updated?

I'm trying to understand how Spotlight indexing works - in the documentation here, Apple says that the kernel notifies the Spotlight engine which then attempts to update the metadata store. If this is ...
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How can I increase font size in Spotlight

When I write 7/3 in spotlight it automatically shows result but the font is too small and doesn't have enough contrast. Is there a way to increase the size of the result font or all Spotlight fonts in ...
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Avoiding Spotlight to spin up external drive

I have Mac Mini with an external hard drive. The external drive is indexed with Spotlight. Whenever I use Spotlight to start an app on the local machine, the external drive spins up, because obviously ...
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How to launch Steam games from Spotlight?

Is there a way to open Steam games directly from Spotlight?
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How comes Spotlight started to show results half in English?

I am using High Sierra 10.13.3 and my system language is definitely set to Italian: When I want to open the System Preferences (which are called Preferenze di sistema) I usually open Spotlight and ...
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Where does Spotlight keeps the excluded folders

Does Spotlight keeps the privacy excluded folders in some special configuration file ? Those folder are configured under system preferences -> spotlight -> privacy I believe it should be ...
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Spotlight shortcut (cmd+space) no longer working

I commonly use the cmd-space shortcut to bring up the spotlight, but as of yesterday it no longer works. I did not knowingly update my software beforehand, I do not have any conflicts in the keyboard ...
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Spotlight Search by Full Path?

When performing a Spotlight search, either through the Finder or via terminal commands, is it possible to filter results against the full-path of a file, or at least the name of it's parent folder? ...
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“Enable Quick Website Search” saving websites while unchecked?

These are my search settings on MacOS Sierra, Safari 11.0x or Safari 11.1 Beta, no difference. "Enable Quick Website Search" is unchecked. "Include Safari Suggestions" is unchecked. "Include ...
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Can I create an alias or a shortcut to a file in Spotlight?

I have a file named Chemical Principles the quest for insight 7e by Peter Atkins.pdf but I want it to appear on Spotlight search when I look for the keyword Chemistry textbook. Is that possible?
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How can I search within documents from the Finder?

I scan documents (receipts, etc) PDFs and the software does OCR to make them searchable. I can search them from within Preview, but I'd like to be able to search within the documents in Finder (or ...
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Using 'mdls' does not display all metadata, only some

The short man page of 'mdls' gives every indication that it should list all metadata by default. For some reason, I'm only getting a small portion: vima@artemis[~]: mdls .bash_history ...
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How to disable “Look Up” context menu across macOS? [duplicate]

No matter which browser you use, there's always a Look Up menu when right-clicking any text inside the web browser. I have disabled Lookup/Spotlight suggestions on right-clicking, via System ...
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Macbook Pro mid-2012: All applications are “damaged or incomplete”, question mark on all apps, no icons

Over the past couple days I have experience truly the most bizarre issue with an Apple product I have ever experienced. It has a somewhat long story to it, so I have all relevant details in ...
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Spotlight search result incomplete

Since I changed the directory structures of my Mac, Spotlight has not successfully produced search results for my files or folders. I have tried Killing SystemUIServer Rebuilding the Spotlight ...
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How can I enter the found file finder in Spotlight?

I use Spotlight find my require file see bellow: But how can I enter the file's directory?
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How to make Spotlight promote results to the top?

I recently updated my my Mac from a Macbook Pro 2013 Retina to a Macbook Pro 2017. In the process, I moved from Sierra to High Sierra OS. The most annoying thing about this transition has been the ...
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Search returns only 'older' emails

How do I fix my mail search feature on my Mac? Somehow my mail indexing has gotten "frozen" on my Mac (OS Sierra 10.12.6), so that messages newer than last June do not appear in searches. This ...
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How to find all modified PDF files

I have a folder of 6000+ PDF files (chapters, articles, etc.). I'm trying to weed out/sort those that I've just downloaded but never annotated. Is there a way to do this? Those PDFs that I've never ...
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Smart folder using “or” search?

Is there a way to create a macOS smart folder which uses an "or" search? E.g. find all files which have tags "A" or "B"? It seems that smart folders allow only to search using an "and" command.
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Folder action to append to Spotlight comment for files in Finder

I am using AppleScript and Python together to gather system information about the Macs in my stock as well as adding some supplemental info to the Spotlight comments field. Specifically, AppleScript ...
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Is there a way to disable the Spotlight hot keys via the terminal?

I am trying to make configuration of a new macOS system as automated as possible. I use Alfred and prefer to use Cmd-Space to trigger the Alfred window instead of the install default of calling off to ...
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how can I filter out unwanted search results in Alfred (ie node_modules folder, caches)

Been a user of Alfred for a long time, however whenever I search anything I get a lot of FUD results due to alfred also indexing all my web project node_modules directories. Is there any way to path-...
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How can I stop Parallels Desktop from listing Apps from a VM available in Spotlight?

I'm trying to stop Windows apps installed on a VM in Parallels from appearing in Spotlight search results on the host Mac. System details: Mac OS: 10.12.6 Parallels Desktop Business Edition Version: ...
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Spotlight calculator always scientific notation?

How do I get the spotlight calculator to always use scientific notation? This is how it looks by default: But I would rather that the answer above was displayed as 2.07935e-10
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How to see Spotlight history?

Can I see the history of what I've typed into Spotlight? If not on default macOS, are there third-party apps that will add this? I want to be able to look back through things I've searched for, I ...
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Spotlight internet search with non-google search engine

I would like to be able to search DuckDuckGo from spotlight. I am aware that pressing ⌘ + B in spotlight will search the web in your default browser (I use Firefox), however this always defaults to a ...
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CMD + space not working in the first try

I'm having troubles with Spotlight. Command Space isn't working in the first try, but when I try it again it does work. After few minutes I need to do it twice again for it to pop. I don't see app ...
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Search contents of files within specified directory

I aim to search the contents of files at a specified directory. take an example in spotlight search 'Marked important question' in dir('/desktop) How can such a task be accomplished?
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Finding Multiple Files at Once

I am learning French and I have a folder with 5000 words in it (ie 5000 mp3 files). Out of the 5000 words there are 1243 that I still don't know. I want to extract those 1243 words and put them into ...
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How to hide Spotlight in menu bar but leave the ⌘Space keyboard shortcut?

I want to hide spotlight from the menu bar I never click this button. So I followed the instructions here and used this code to change the Spotlight file in some way: sudo perl -pi -e 's|(\x00\x00\...
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why do I have to double tap command + space to open spotlight?

Since I installed High Sierra I sometimes have to double tap Command + Space to open spotlight search bar. This problem is weird because it happens randomly. Say I just double tapped Command + Space, ...
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Mail App search not finding recent emails in inbox

Mac is running Sierra and using the mail app. When I try to use the mail search function in the top right of the screen it doesnt find recent emails. Ive tried changing the search context and ...
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Why is Activity Monitor showing two different memory values for the same process?

In Activity Monitor, I am getting two different values for the same process, mds_stores. The usage was around 4 GB an hour ago in the list and the window. It was high because I was reindexing my ...
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What does the “cdw” do exactly in the canned Search for “Recents”?

The Finder's sidebar search for "Recents" (in High Sierra) is a raw query, which can be found here: /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources/MyLibraries/myDocuments....
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Double dot on spotlight calculator

So I'm playing around with the Spotlight calculator, and came across a weird thing: If I type 1..1, I receive 0.1 5..6, I receive 3 523..6.1, I receive 31.38 Does anybody know what mathematical ...
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How to force Spotlight to import existing index instead of rebuilding (network share)?

I am having trouble to make Spotlight permanently work for network drives on both Sierra and High Sierra. I have a NAS (WD MyCloud, running some proprietary linux, kinda busybox) on my local network....
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List of Metadata Attribute Aliases That I can Search for in Spotlight

If I open up Spotlight, I can use metadata attributes such as kind:pdf and date:today to refine my search. I'm curious if there's a way to list all of these attributes that I can use with this ...
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Automator's Finder Actions: “Unable to search with Spotlight”

I created a workflow like this after asking another question: It should delete downloads older than 30 days, and has been working fine until today; today I updated to macOS High Sierra. Now whenever ...
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Is there someway I can take a screenshot from Spotlight?

I want to be able to take a screenshot using Spotlight. I know I can just press "Command-Shift-3" to get the job done, but I want to get some very computer-illiterate people to learn to take a ...
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Can't search for files on Mac with just file labels

Since upgrading to MacOS High Sierra, I can't search for files using just labels anymore. For instance, I created a folder called "test", containing a folder called "folder", with the red label (...
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Searching by Finder Tags not working in Spotlight on macOS High Sierra

I started using Finder Tags very extensively a while ago. However, I noticed this strange bug (at least on my macOS High Sierra): Searching for tags by writing tag:<name_of_tag> is not working ...
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enable spotlight web search

a couple os versions back I disabled spotlight's web search with a terminal command and now I'd like to undo that but I can't figure out how to do that. Is there a way to undo or return spotlight to ...
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mds uses disk even though Spotlight indexing is disabled for the disk

I have an external hard drive. I often eject it. I noticed that around 80% of the time I need to force eject the hard drive instead of manually ejecting it. I ran this command to see what was using my ...
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Fixing app search in iOS 11 [duplicate]

Since updating to iOS 11, I've lost the ability to surface apps from the swipe-down Spotlight search field. This was my preferred method of launching apps as it was quite a lot more convenient than ...
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Spotlight bug / Mac App Store

When I search for the Keynote app using spotlight there is a reference of a previous version on the Mac App Store. However, when I press on it, I get the following error message: Does anyone ...
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/System is hogging memory and I want to know why. Is it dangerous to use sudo du to investigate?

System Information says that /System is holding 80 GB but when I search with du I only find 5 GB. I reset my spotlight memory indexing by adding then removing / form the "privacy" list in System ...