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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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Does Spotlight index the contents of symlinks?

From what I can tell, Finder searches do not follow symlinks. Is this expected behavior? I can't find it documented anywhere. Background: I've been syncing some PDFs using Dropbox (location A), but ...
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How to programatically add folder to Spotlight “do not index”?

Is there any way to programmatically add a folder to Spotlight's "Privacy" tab? Either through Terminal or Applescript? Often I want to click on an item in Spotlight results in Finder, and have that ...
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always launch new window from spotlight

I want to launch new window for all applications every time when i launch an app using spotlight or alfred. Is there any to accomplisht that?
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spotlight finds “anaconda-navigator” but `conda` has been uninstalled

CLARIFICATION. I am not trying to use conda, much less reinstall it. My question is about a behaviour that I don't understand. THE BEHAVIOUR. Some time ago I (must have) uninstalled conda, and ...
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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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Mount Read-only Disk Image Without Breaking Spotlight?

I have a disk image with my main media library inside it, but I normally only mount this as read-only, as this prevents applications from touching anything inside (which can cause a lot of band files ...
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Apple Mail search & smart mailboxes stopped working

Since I upgraded to macOS Catalina this weak, the following features of Apple Mail no longer work: Search Flagged Mail Smart Mailboxes I have tried reindexing everything using Spotlight and also ...
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Why is Spotlight contacting Yahoo i.e. Oath?

A very creepy thing is happening. Every time I turn on Wifi, I see a connection by Catalina's Spotlight to Yahoo's Oath service: Spotlight 49345 me 17u IPv4 0x93dfe36e77e7a7ae 0t0 TCP ...
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Search in a particular folder and subfolder through Spotlight

As the titles indicates, I would like to search a file in a particular folder, and its subfolders, through Spotlight. Is it possible to do that in Spotlight? If so, how can that be done?
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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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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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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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How can I launch a printer scanner from Spotlight?

I can go to the "Printers & Scanners" panel from Spotlight, but I cannot call the scanner directly. Is there any way to make Spotlight index a shortcut to the default printer's Scanner app? It ...
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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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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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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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Help: spotlight can't see Firefox in Applications folder?

(FYI, I'm using Snow Leopard.) I used to launch Firefox using spotlight by just typing "Firefox" to locate it. Since I didn't launch Firefox often, I didn't want it in my dock, so I just got in that ...
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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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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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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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Spotlight search to Bluetooth settings hindered by “Bluetooth file exchange”

My issue is as small as they get, but I like optimising my workflow. So I go to my Bluetooth settings multiple times a day; to switch headphones or when some other wireless peripheral acts up. I do ...
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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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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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How can I use Regular Expressions in Spotlight on Mountain Lion?

How can I use Regular Expressions in Spotlight on Mountain Lion? I want to use my knowledge of regular expressions to make my search results more exact.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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