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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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Correct Sierra 10.12.5 file paths to Spotlight and SpotlightNetHelper files to be blocked with Little Snitch?

The article belowmentions using LittleSnitch for blocking Spotlight and SpotlightNetHelper: Spotlight makes repeated http requests It includes two screenshots. The first image shows two separate ...
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Spotlight search stopped suggesting my frequently-used app [duplicate]

I use Spotlight Search frequently to launch apps on my Mac, and it works perfectly. I use Telegram Desktop frequently by typing a few letters in Spotlight Search. I just type a few letters and tap ...
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Spotlight and command-B shortcut quirk

When I open Spotlight and type something in, I can search that query using command-B shortcut (i.e. when I type something into Spotlight and press command-B, my search query is sent to the default ...
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Spotlight completely broken

My spotlight index is completely broken. It can't find anything at all, every single thing I search for just returns 'no results'. Here's what I've tried: Re-indexing spotlight through System ...
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Finder search *only* searches file-names (Macbook Air, El Capitan)

I'm on a Macbook Air, running El Capitan (10.11.6), and I'm not very knowledgeable about computers. I have a quick question about the Finder/Spotlight search. So, as a grad student, I have tons and ...
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How do I disable iOS home screen “swipe-down search bar” gesture? [duplicate]

Basically if you use an iPhone or iPod touch, if you swipe down from your home screen, the home screen will fade, and a search bar appears on the top (for spotlight search, I guess). If Siri ...
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Find multiple files at once via Terminal

I have a list of filnames like this: P1020804.JPG P1020805.JPG P1020806.JPG P1020807.JPG P1020808.JPG How to best find them all by single query in Spotlight, Terminal, mdfind or locate?
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How to go to the position of spotlight's result?

I use the Control+Space to search a file, you see the below image, but how can I go to the file's position?
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launchd hitting every modified file every 30 seconds

I am on MacOs 10.12.5. I am trying to do high volume I/O but some task managed by launchd hits every modified disk block every 30 seconds. When this happens my high volume I/O has to compete causing a ...
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Spotlight on Mac doesn't accept keyboard input

Periodically, Spotlight stops responding to keyboard input on my Mac. When this happens, pressing cmd-space brings up the Spotlight search field, but typing search terms has no effect. Characters don'...
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Is it possible to start/stop the mdworker process without disabling Spotlight?

Spotlight indexing has always been a problem on all of my Macs, and therefore, the first thing I always do on a new machine is disabling it. I use a different launcher, so it is OK. Yet, disabling ...
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macOS Sierra Spotlight search does not find Numbers but Number

My Spotlight search behaves strange and I don't know how to fix it. Any Ideas? When I want to open Numbers, I hit command space and start typing "number", but if I keep on typing the "s", ...
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Internal RAID drive not searchable

I am having some problems searching and sorting data on my internal RAID drive. I have a Mac Pro tower (10.12.4) with five internal drives. One is a SATA SSD connected via PCIe as my boot disk (name: ...
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How to properly esca‌​pe spaces in the res‌​ults of mdfind to use them in a for loop

Trying to answer the question Are true dynamic folders (NOT a “Smart Folder” SavedSearch) possible? I stumbled about the problem to loop the results of an mdfind search as quoted or escaped paths. ...
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How to reset Spotlight cache/index?

I uninstalled Parallels Desktop, so I don't have a Windows VM any more. However when I type we into Spotlight, the Windows Weather app comes first, and if I press it, it says Parallels Desktop is not ...
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“Restore Windows Key” Define command as keyboard shortcut

I don't love windows but I do like the ability to search applications but pressing the windows key. I do not want a multi key shortcut like cmd + space. Is there a way to define the command key to ...
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Could my spotlight search index have really been 2.5 GB on a 256 GB drive?

I have a MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012) with El Capitan 10.11.6 and a 256 GB SSHD. I was having fan/CPU usage issues with mds and using the lines in this answer turned it off and deleted the index. ...
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Finder / spotlight / mail search not working

For the second time in a relatively short period I am having issues with the search function on my macbook. Whether in spotlight, Mail app, or Finder search results return nothing. If I reboot the ...
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How to request that spotlight indexes one specific folder only using a command line?

Context I cannot seem to be able to get TimeMachine to backup my HD, because a given directory seems to contain corrupted files so that I get this kind of message in the Console: com.apple....
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Wrong dictionary in spotlight for macOS

I have a 2016 MacBook Pro with macOS 10.12 Sierra. I can hit cmd+space and type a word that I would like to look up in the dictionary. If the word is Danish (my native language) it shows me the Danish ...
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Spotlight for Safari tabs

Is there a way to commandspace (i.e. bring up Spotlight), type the name of an already open tab and bring it to the foreground? Or an app that does it outside of spotlight? I spend far too long ...
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Possible to hide or de-prioritize an application from spotlight?

Is it possible to hide an application from Spotlight? I have an annoyance of sorts. This will probably seem trivial to others, but it happens to me enough that I find it rather frustrating. I have ...
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Old 'unknown' versions of applications appearing in Spotlight search results

When I migrated my old Mac to my new one, I copied some applications over from /Applications on the old Mac. Some of these were App Store apps, which I of course had to reinstall from the App Store in ...
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How to get a specific dictionary to be used to show a word entry in the inital dictionary view that arises from Spotlight?

When I type a word into Spotlight (macOS Sierra 10.12.3) and I click on the dictionary (definition), it always comes up using the German dictionary. I have a German-bought Mac but work almost ...
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Support combinatorics?

How can I get spotlight to recognise expressions like 8C5 or 7P4? I want to do combinations and permutations with spotlight.
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“More Info” always “Fetching…” when I “Get Info” from a file

I'm having this issue with the "More Info" section of the Info window of a file (Cmd + I or "Get Info" in contextual menu): I'm running Sierra 10.12.3, and I'm not sure when this started to happen, ...
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Spotlight can't find Google Chrome app

Why does Spotlight want to search Google for Chrome rather than launch the app Chrome? For some reason, searching for Chrome in Spotlight yields numerous suggestions (a Google search for "Chrome", ...
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Prevent Spotlight from indexing external drive

I sometimes use an external SSD with macOS Sierra on it, in conjunction to my current internal drive which has macOS Sierra running on it. One annoying thing about Spotlight is that whenever I search ...
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What is hiutil and why is it sucking up my cpu?

What is hiutil? Why is it sucking up my cpu? How long will this go for? When will it happen again?
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Spotlight problem

i used any osx from snow leopard to sierra without any problem and specifically i never had problem with spotlight. After last update with sierra i noticed that my mac is too slow so i switched to ...
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How does “Optimize Mac Storage” for iCloud Drive interact with Spotlight and Time Machine?

How does the option “Optimize Mac Storage” for iCloud Drive interact with Spotlight and Time Machine? As far as I understand, the option causes macOS to remove your Mac’s copy of old iCloud Drive ...
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Understand Finder Find Results

I am looking in a folder for a file which contains path in its name. I enter path in the search box, and select it to search the current folder (which is my default anyway). The tool tip indicates ...
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iOS Spotlight searches displays really old contacts as tophits

I have had this problem a while, especially through the iOS 9 and iOS 10 versions. Every time I pull down for searching from the springboard and type in a name of my contacts, iOS somehow lists my ...
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What is `IMDPersistenceAgent` and error in `com.apple.corespotlight.log.index`?

I am see this appear repeatedly in my log. Jan 6 18:23:46 johndoe-macbook com.apple.spotlight.IndexAgent[12337]: [com.apple.corespotlight.log] Not allowed to pass in bundle ID Jan 6 18:23:46 ...
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Finder search of string erroneously returns no results yet substring correctly returns results

Encountering a really bizarre error on a new iMac (5K, Late 2015) that is running Sierra. There is a folder called "Job applications" in my Documents folder that shows up in a Finder search of This ...
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How do I find password-protected PDFs on my hard disc?

I'm trying to find password-protected PDFs, using Spotlight (though answers involving a third-party app are also fine). Spotlight has a Security field that describes the "Encryption method used to ...
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CPU freezes after Sierra update

Last night I managed to update to Sierra. Now there is a problem with the OS X speed. I read that there are Spotlight and iPhotos indexing stuff in the background. However, the main CPU usage comes ...
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Spotlight search result for contact does not open found contact in Address Book

When I search for a contact in Spotlight (Cmd-Space), the correct contacts show. When I select a contact (Enter), Address Book opens, but it has no contact selected. I have to look for the same ...
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What is spotlight indexing and should I turn it off?

So I want to know what indexing really does, from my understanding it keeps tabs on where all your documents are at. I use spotlight all the time to look for different files or to open programs, and I ...
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Does Spotlight index content that resides only on iCloud Drive after local storage is purged?

I want to use iCloud Drive to sync the Documents folder. When I run out of disk space macOS will free up space by removing old content on my SDD. My question is, will that also remove Spotlight's ...
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Error message com.apple.Safari.History was closed unexpectedly

Since updating to Max OS 10.11.6 this morning I've seen this message several times. It's a bit weird as I never use Safari. I suspect it might be something to do with the AppStore trying to update. ...
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Custom short commands to open apps

Is it possible to create custom short commands to run apps and open folders, to be called in Spotlight? I mean, I'd like to create custom commands so I just open Spotlight (⌘ + space) then run things ...
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Fully disable Spotlight Search

I would like to know if there is any way to disable Spotlight Search, even when an user goes to Settings -> Spotlight Search, and change the options there. That's mainly because anyone could still ...
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My Spotlight opens the Applications folder instead of opening the application

My Spotlight, when I have selected an application, opens the "Applications" folder containing the application, instead of opening the application. I suspect I have a setting somewhere that is set in a ...
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Is the case insensitive comparison broken for mdfind?

I use mdls and mdfind within scripts to automate playing music files. Recently I've noticed certain files missing from the expected search results and I have tracked it down to a case senstivity ...
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Having keystroke issues with macOS Sierra on two different Macs

I'm having a series of problem with my macOS Sierra 10.12.1 every once in a while after a random period of normal operation. The series of problems include: My 3rd-party Chinese input methods (Sogou &...
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How to find files in different specific folders?

I have several folders named "auto_saves" around my hard drive. I want to make smart search to find all image files from all folders named "auto_saves". But how?
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Is it possible to do a wildcard search in spotlight in iOS 10.X?

I want to search for a specific app (example of Instaflash) on my iPhone or iPad but only remember part of its name. In this example 'flash' being the search term inputted into spotlight in iOS 10.X ...
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Mounted and working disk partition reports as “no filesystem”, Spotlight won't index

TL/DR: encrypted separate disk partition for /Users won't index After installing too many junky apps, especially system monitors - I decided to reinstall. I grabbed a USB external 1TB drive, backed ...
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Spotlight not working with Netgear ReadyNAS

I am unable to search AFP shares on a netgear NAS device using spotlight. Spotlight reverts to the default local hard drive. "Shared" is not user selectable. The NAS is using the latest Netgear OS V6. ...