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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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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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Reposition Spotlight search bar to its default location in macOS Mojave [duplicate]

I accidentally dragged and moved the Spotlight search bar shown on pressing Command + Space. This is what it looks like now: I want to re-center it, but I am not very sure how to do it precisely. Is ...
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How do I restore the previous “Command-Space” search?

When I use "Command-Space" on my Mac I want it to search only my files, not the Internet or the galaxy at large. Yesterday when I tried to use it I was presented with an infinite variety of options, ...
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Anyway to obtain list of Application that can open a file via Terminal?

In the finder you can control click on a document to get the contextual menu, this has 'open with..' with a submenu of all apps that can open that document. Is there a way to get this list via ...
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Query Spotlight indexing status from Terminal

Is there a way to get the indexing status of Spotlight using Terminal commands? I know that I can just press command+space and type anything to get a progress bar, but I would like to be able to get ...
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MacOS Spotlight does not search djvu files

each time I search for a djvu document file, the spotlight does not index it. I cannot see the files but are there in finder. How can I solve this problem? Maybe it depends on the filter I made on the ...
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How do I force Spotlight to index new folders?

When I create new folders, Spotlight does not see them. When does Spotlight index new folders? Or better yet, can I force Spotlight to index new folders?
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Force Spotlight to index specific Library folders

How can I get Spotlight to index a directory in the system's Library folder? I'm trying to get Spotlight running 10.10.3 to index some folders in the Macintosh HD/Library folder. I'm not getting any ...
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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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Finder not searching files in ~/Library and /Library

I am using a Macbook Air with macOS High Sierra. When I install a third party application and later delete it, I have to remove files stored by it in Application Support, Preferences etc. in ~/...
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Spotlight stopped working

For some reason my spotlight shortcut stopped working yesterday my MBP running Sierra 10.12.6 I am not using BetterTouch tools, it is a very non customised install of OS X: Spotlight shortcut (cmd+...
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Weird spotlight issue

For whatever reason, when I launch spotlight, type in "1", "1", "2", spotlight closes automatically. Does anyone else have this issue? Running 10.12.6 (16G1510) on a 2015 Macbook Pro
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Spotlight Repeatedly Silently Crashing

I have two Macs (10.12.6) on which spotlight is repeatedly silently crashing. What I mean by this is as I'm typing into spotlight, the search bar goes away, the search icon disappears from the menu ...
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Spotlight is disabled but “._file_name” still get created on external drives that I plug in [duplicate]

I want to prevent my MAC from creating ._file_name files on external memory drives that I plug into it. I think I've turned off Spotlight completely. However, such files keep getting created. How to ...
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Why won't my USB drive power down on eject?

I've just upgraded from High Sierra to Mojave. I have a Lacie Porsche USB-C drive that I use for Time Machine backups. In High Sierra when I ejected the drive, it would power off and I could safely ...
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How to debug the cause of an enormous Spotlight index?

My Spotlight index (MacBook Air 13, 10.13.6) has been growing out of control requiring me to delete and rebuild at least twice per day. I have about 70 Gb available on my HDD, and the Spotlight ...
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Spotlight crashes after two letters have been entered

OS X 10.11 on an early 2015 MBP I am trying to search for a document called Starfleet, but after entering the letters "ST", Spotlight crashes. Relevant logs: 02/10/15 12:12:37,642 Spotlight[1566]:...
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Spotlight crashes when entering a specific query string

I have a folder on my mac which I access occasionally, let's say its name is FolderABC. I usually hit CMD + Space to bring up Spotlight, then type the name into it and it will be the first result. ...
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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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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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Xcode doesn't show up in spotlight results, neither search results

I haven't noticed exactly when it happened but previously I was always using spotlight to run Xcode. Now if i'm typing "Xcode" in it, only folders containing this name show up, or some xcode projects, ...
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How do I rearrange the order of Spotlight categories?

I believe I used to have the ability to rearrange the search categories shown in Spotlight, but I can't drag to rearrange within System Preferences > Spotlight anymore (El Capitan). Is there some ...
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Is there a way to get OSX Finder to search through .ts (textscript) files?

I really like using OSX's finder to quickly find a particular file and its content based on search, I need to work on in my web projects. We often have 100s upon 100s of separate files and I need to ...
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External hard drive not indexed by Spolight on Mac OS X Mountain Lion

I recently bought a new hard drive and it is not indexed by Finder. I tried to get it re-indexed by following this tutorial: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-10330114-263.html and I even tried ...
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How do I stop OS X from treating a SuperDuper image on an external drive as part of my current installation?

Every night, I have SuperDuper! create an image of my hard drive to an external drive. This works great, and has saved me from system failures a number of times. However, OS X is constantly treating ...
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Hide Everything For Cmd+Space Spotlight Search but Applications

I am trying to use Spotlight as a way to solely launch my most used applications. A lot of them have similar names, so for me Spotlight displaying in a linear down list works much better then lets ...
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Why does Spotlight think “CHROM” matches Chrome, but “CHROME” matches Calendar?

This behavior has been consistent for months, maybe even years at this point, and I finally decided to make a screen recording of it just to have some verification that it's really happening. The ...
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Spotlight finds Notes via magnifying glass, but not via Finder “Find” or mdfind

I discovered that Spotlight can find my Notes if I just use the magnifying class icon in the main menu bar, but not if I open a Finder window and use command-F. I've always assumed these were just ...
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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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Teaching mdworker some manners

Ever since my SSD upgrade, I'm having troubles with my MBP Mid-2010 shutting down "randomly". To be more precise, it seems to be caused by mds/mdworker utilizing 100% of my CPU. As a fix I have ...
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Spotlight won't index /Applications

I noticed some apps missing from Spotlight, so I tried to force a reindex by adding /Applications to the exclusion list, then removing it. Now it's even worse, as none of my apps are indexed. How do I ...
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Is it possible to customize the default order of Spotlight's results?

One day when trying to open Xcode.app with Spotlight, I accidentally told it to open Xcode Server Builder.app. Now every time I type in Xcode into Spotlight, the first result it gives me is Xcode ...
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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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Convert MS Word DOC and DOCX file to RTF keeping modification date

I've got a folder full of about 2000 MS Word (DOC and DOCX) files that I need to do complex searches in -- for example, finding documents that contain John but not John Doe. Or 21,000 but not 21,000,...
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Why doesn't El Capitan Spotlight search in custom dictionary?

Since I upgraded to El Capitan, Spotlight has refused to look up for definitions in my custom dictionary (built by me). Instead, it sticks itself with Apple's default English-English dictionary. Note ...
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How to make Spotlight index shell script wrapper applications?

You can create executable Application Bundles containing a script with the same name (e.g. Example.app and Example.app/Example). Unfortunately, these applications do not seem to get indexed by ...
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How to export the Preview Contents of Spotlight search results?

The notes I had on my local computer have recently vanished. I tried converting the files found in the "Notes backup" location to HTML as suggested by this site but that only yielded 1 useful note. I ...
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Stop macOS from accessing external drive at night

I have Mac Mini Mid 2011 with macOS 10.13.5 with a data drive. When I wake up at night, the drive is running. I ran fs_usage and was surprised to find macOS accessing the drive a lot. How do I stop ...
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How can I customize Spotlight so that if a number (or some pattern matching a regex) is typed, I can execute a command or script?

I want to "augment" Spotlight to do things like: If an integer (^\d+$), open a site, example.com/$0. If a UUID (^\d{8}-\d{4}-\d{4}-\d{4}-\d{12}$), open another site. If a string beginning with "user:"...
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use mdfind to get list of matches with context?

I want to search a folder of PDFs to find a particular string and get back a list of matches with a little of the surrounding context. Using: mdfind -onlyin ~/Dropbox/PDFs 'term' >> ~/Dropbox/...
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How to find tagged PDFs

I have to organize a lot of PDFs and it's possible to add Tags to PDFs through the preview app (not the filesystem tags like red/blue/green). But how to find them? When I open the Spotlight and try to ...
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Is there a way Spotlight indexes my Skim bookmarks/notes ?

I find Skim is a great pdf file reader and want to spend a great deal of time adding notes and bookmarks to some of the pdf files I have. I know Spotlight indexes pdf files but it doesn't seem to ...
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Why does my Spotlight index get corrupted?

Recently I have been having an issue where at least once a month my Spotlight index gets corrupted, and I can no longer search the content of mail in Mail.app. I can fix the problem by taking my HD ...
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Spotlight Date calculator

Do you know the way (system pref., additional app etc.) to enable Date calculator inside Spotlight app? I'm using regular calculator a lot but I would like to have there an option to add one time ...
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Is it safe to shut down Mac while Spotlight is still indexing? [closed]

Had some issues with Finder and Spotlight not finding files. Used the instructions to rebuild Spotlight index in Mac. Put entire Macintosh HD there. Checked and now it seems to find all the files ...
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Fixing “spotlight quit unexpectedly”

On macOS 10.12.6 SIP was disabled (to issue an NVRAM command). Unrelated to that command, but very possibly related to disabled SIP: After a reboot the Spotlight icon is gone, the PreferencePane ...
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Spotlight not indexing full drive on High Sierra

I'm running 10.13.5. Spotlight wasn't finding stuff, like recent email and so on, so I rebuilt the Spotlight index for the boot volume (APFS) via mdutil. mdworker and such churned for a while, but ...
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Spotlight fails to load after Time Machine restore - crashes continuously

Problem description: After having made the mistake of running a Unix command that altered more files than I intended and possibly damaged the file system, I decided to restore to a previous state with ...
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mdfind -onlyin wildcard without pipe

Can -onlyin contain wildcards? mdfind pattern -onlyin '*bin' I know this works: mdfind pattern | grep bin
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How do I find files with no extension in Finder?

I'm trying to find all files that have no extension in a Finder folder. I know how to search by extension and exclude a specific extension but what do I type in the box if I want no extension at all?

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