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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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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 ...
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Letters getting inserted randomly as I type. Has this ever happened to anyone?

I have a 2014 Retina MacBook Pro with Mac OS 10.12.4 and 16GB of RAM. Everything was fine until a few weeks ago when I started to notice strange behaviors: The "e" and "t" characters in my keyboard ...
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What do the “Other” and “Developer” options in Spotlight index?

In Spotlight, you can set what types of items you want to be indexed and searchable. Most of the options are fairly straightforward: "Contacts" searches your contacts, "Images" for images, and so on. ...
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My notes appear in mail in invisible mailbox

It started with me finding spotlight results from Mail when I searched for my notes. Apparently the content of hundreds of my notes are in my gmail account, according to Mail. I have not had notes ...
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Remove missing drive from Spotlight

I was cloning someone's drive, it was named Macintosh HD, just like my my own. Eventually it showed up in Spotlight as Macintosh HD 1. Now when I search for apps and such I always hit its ...
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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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