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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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Why do I have to enable 'Developer' for Spotlight to find Numbers documents?

In order to get macOS Spotlight to find Numbers documents, I need to enable "Developer" in Spotlight's settings. Why do I need to do this? I don't want to enable developer searches from Spotlight, ...
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Why does .2.2.2 in Spotlight equal 0.0016?

If you use Spotlight in macOS with the . operator such as ‘.1.1.1.1’ the result is ‘0.0001’. What operations are being processed by Spotlight? .2.2.2 = 0.0016
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mdfind and the apostrophe

In terminal if I type mdfind -onlyin ~/"Desktop/Shows I Watch" "Bob" I get the output /Users/brendans/Desktop/Shows I Watch/Bob's Burgers As I would expect. But if I try mdfind -onlyin ~/"...
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Sierra Spotlight vs mdfind vs finder

I have seen several Sierra/Spotlight questions posted but none are what I am experiencing. I am not receiving any errors when re-indexing. My migration to Sierra from El Capitan went without a glitch....
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Spotlight taking a lot of power on macOS

I recently installed macOS, but I have noticed that "Spotlight.app" has had high CPU usage. It is not indexing.
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Apple Mail: no search results after Sierra update

After a Sierra update, Apple Mail is not searching anymore, and Spotlight provides incomplete results - it does not provide a top lists e.g. searching for "Excel" does not show Excel or it does not ...
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Spotlight borked after macOS Sierra update

Config: Late-2013 rMBP running 10.12 (16A323) Issue: Spotlight appears to be mostly non-functional since upgrading to Sierra. I originally noticed it when searches failed to bring up anything in Mail,...
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Siri suggestion still showing after turned off

I had install iOS10 and i don't like siri suggested app, so i had turn it off according to this, but it didn't work. It still shows on notification center. I tried restarting it as well but nothing. ...
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search Apple Notes -> jump or highlight position where match search term in note

I search all my notes for "fix". Apple Notes shows all notes where "fix" is matched. When I click on one match "19/06/16 Howto fix replicati..." I have problems finding the term fix in this big note ...
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How can I search within .eml files using Spotlight?

I tried searching for terms found on .eml files on my HD using Spotlight, but it never produces results. Is there a way to search within the content of .eml files using Spotlight?
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Get Spotlight to index a NAS

Is there a way to have Spotlight index the volumes on a NAS? I've used this: mdutil /Volumes/multimedia -i on. But results aren't there next time the system starts up. I'm running 10.11 on a Mac Pro ...
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mds_stores prevents me from ejecting Time Machine disk

I know many people have complained about being unable to eject a Time Machine disk. The usual response I have found online is to download and use "What's Keeping Me?" to find out what process is ...
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Switching to some apps in a different virtual display doesn't work

I have OS X El Capitan (10.11.6) installed on my MacBook Pro 2015. I use Spotlight a lot to switch between apps in different virtual desktops and one day some months ago I noticed that it won't switch ...
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Spotlight can't find apps or folder, only seaches the web

My Spotlight can't find any apps, even the native ones. It only returns results from web searches. With a little googling I found out that a pretty common solution to that is to rebuild the indexes. ...
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Can't Spotlight search mounted server volume: Unable to perform operation. (-403) Server search enabled

I am trying to get Spotlight to search files on a AFP-mounted NAS on my home network. Per the advice in this question, I run the following command to activate indexing: mdutil /Volumes/name -i on ...
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How do I get Spotlight to find apps in non-standard folders?

My work computer has a handful of personal applications that I store not in /Applications, and not in ~/Applications, but in another folder (/usr/local/data/Applications) for several reasons. However, ...
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Change spotlight's calculator to degrees?

I use spotlight to perform calculations constantly, but at the moment the type of project I'm working on measures all angles in degrees. Is there a way I can make spotlight's trigonometric functions ...
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Credits in spotlight.app

At /System/Library/CoreServices/Spotlight.app/Contents/Resources/en.lproj There is a fake called "Credits.rtf" only containing some random text. Is it an easter egg or something malicious? p.s it's ...
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Why does Flashlight for Spotlight does not work on El Capitan?

Can anyone explain, on a deep level, why Flashlight for Spotlight does not work on El Capitan?
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Apps don't show up on Spotlight search [duplicate]

When using Spotlight on my Mac, and I type Spo... (trying to launch Spotify), I get suggestions for the Spotify website, some apps from the App Store, and files containing a fraction of the word "spo"...
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Storage not displayed properly in “About this mac” section

Please refer to the image to see how Storage is showing me the space division. Its showing amount of space available correctly but the division below is incorrect as you can see it is showing 249.72 ...
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kernel_task and mdworker use all available RAM memory

I am using a MacBook Pro 13" retina early 2015, running macOS 10.12 Sierra public beta 2. For the last two days my computer is not usable since there is no available RAM memory to use, the OS is ...
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Spotlight search shortcuts to launch apps

I want to be able to open Spotlight and launch specific apps without touching my mouse or scroll down through lists with the arrow key. For example, I want to press Command + Spacebar (to open ...
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Use `mdfind` for a date range on OS X

I can't figure this out. How can I use mdfind on OS X to find all photos with creation date between say March 10th, 2008 and March 15th, 2008? using mdfind 'kMDItemFSCreationDate = 2008-03-10 12:30:...
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Prevent spotlight from indexing folders with a certain name

Is there a way to globally ignore folders with a certain name (say node_modules) I know I can do it manually for each instance but I was wondering if its possible to just let spotlight know not to ...
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Spotlight keyboard shortcut broken

I installed and removed Quicksilver and since that time the keyboard shortcut for Spotlight has not been working. I mean when I press cmd + space it should open spotlight search bar. I've been into ...
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OSX: Spotlight shows the content of locked notes

When I search in the spotlight for a locked note, I can see the content of that looked note. I went ahead and rebuilt the spotlight index, but still showing the content. Am I missing something here or ...
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Get Spotlight to search in Caskroom subdirs (which is now in /usr/local/)

I'm using Homebrew with Caskroom and since a recent update, it installs the apps downloaded through brew cask within /usr/local/Caskroom/ I always used Spotlight to find and open these apps, but now ...
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Finding files with square brackets in filename

I have a ton of files - TOSEC ROM sets - on my Mac (El Capitan) that have filenames suffixed with a tag in square brackets - for example Manic Miner (1983)(Bug-Byte Software)[a] Manic Miner (1983)(...
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Spotlight search on iOS not showing options to search web/maps/App Store unless it has results from other apps

I am noticing something both on my iPad 2 and iPhone SE running iOS 9.3.2 that I don't recall seeing until today. When I do a spotlight search, it shows a list of results from different apps, and then ...
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El Capitan's Spotlight internet features are not working. e.g. it's not showing weather for my location

I have already restarted Mac 5 times and it did not work. My Mac is connected to the internet as I am posting this over the internet. I updated my Mac today and now it's running El Capitan 10.11.5 ...
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Spotlight search returns no results on iOS 9

The bug mentioned in this question continues: Spotlight search on iOS 9 returns no results. I've tried Sending myself an e-mail (yes really; this occasionally works for a few minutes) Toggling off ...
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Spotlight / Finder - search words within files and preview occurrence

When searching for specific words inside documents, upon getting the results, is there a way to then preview in the document where that word occurs without having to first open the document and ...
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What kind of data does Spotlight index and store on OS X?

With Spotlight it's possible to find almost anything on a Mac computer, but to know everything, Spotlight must keep this information somewhere. Regarding text (txt, doc, pages, etc,) files, Spotlight ...
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Apple Script for copying path and name and pasting it in Spotlight Comment box Mac OS X 10.9.5 (and 10.11.4)

I have a bunch of files to rename from someone else that sit inside folders and subfolders, and would like to copy the path and file name to the Spotlight comment of each file before I do anything ...
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Spotlight search bar doesn't show up in middle of screen

For some reason, when I activate Spotlight, the bar shows up in the top right part of the screen instead of the middle. I've tried restarting and connecting to an external monitor, to no avail.
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Spotlight randomly chose Chinese as dictionary language after El Capitan upgrade

After upgrading to El Capitan, suddenly Spotlight dictionary searches only show results in Chinese (I think). I have absolutely no idea why it chose Chinese, as I am not a user of that language. ...
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Single application not showing up in Spotlight

I have a strange issue where Matlab stubbornly refuses to appear in Spotlight search results. I'm not sure what information to provide besides the fact it clearly exists in Applications: It even ...
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How to hide files found in spotlight?

I want to hide TOP HIT, FOLDERS and DEVELOPER catalogues. The only item I expect is DEFINITION. Is there any way to do this? Here is my current preference, but it doesn't work. This post can't solve ...
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How to really exclude Time Machine Backups from Spotlight-indexing?

I try to exclude my TimeMachine-backup-storage from being indexed by spotlight and got some weird behaviour. The backup storage is a Time Capsule. To exclude it, i did the following in terminal: ...
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Extreme energy usage by Spotlight

I recently (two days ago) updated to El Capitan on my work machine (15" MBP, Mid 2015, 2.5 GHz Core i7, 16GB ram, R9 M370X, 500GB SSD) and ever since then, Spotlight has been draining my battery and ...
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Use spotlight (or Alfred) to open an existing chrome tab

I want to easily jump to gmail as one of many (many, many) open tabs in Chrome. If I could just type "gmail" into Spotlight and it would take me to that tab in Chrome, that would work great for me. ...
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Do Sophos and Spotlight conflict and if so, how can I run both applications without problems?

I just got a brand new 13" MacBook Pro at work. I have noticed that Spotlight has been running constantly giving me ~4 hours of battery life. The motivation for getting this laptop was to have the ...
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How to force spotlight to reimport index

I have a large remote (fuse-mounted) drive that I would like to be indexed with spotlight. After executing sudo mdutil -i on </path/to/volume> spotlight creates the .Spotlight-V100 directory ...
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Removing a news source from iOS Spotlight Search

I like the headlines from Spotlight Search, but I hate that fact it displays many sites that have paywalls (e.g., LA Times, NY Times, etc). Is there a way to tell iOS not to show certain sites in the ...
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mac search for file type

I am trying to find mp3 and mp4 on my external hd. I tried to follow these methods here. How Can I Search A Specific Type of File in Mac? This did not work kind: mp3 kind: mp4 This was the only ...
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iPhone Spotlight not showing results

A few OS updates ago (maybe as far back at the first 9.x version?), Spotlight search on my iPhone has performed very inconsistently. I can enter the same search string several times, but I'd say no ...
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Wanted: Apple Script for copying file name and pasting it in Spotlight Comment box Mac OS X 10.8.5

Global Peace Mission Project looking for automating pre sorting movie file routines. Due to the instant impact inflow of third party YouTube contributions triggered by a blog launched March 22 after ...
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Show Library folder and subfolders in Spotlight Search

As a software developer, I often need to look into files within the Library folder. For quick access, I'd like to be able to see the files in my Spotlight searches. How can I do that?
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Mac El Capitan Spotlight XPC Connection Invalidated

I first started using El Capitan when the public beta was released. I continued to enjoy the snapping operating system until one day my laptop's SATA cable decided to give up on me. I got the cable ...