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Spotlight NOT indexing Postbox messages/emails

I'm currently having a problem with Spotlight where it does NOT index my email from my IMAP Postbox account. I've checked the Mail & Messages from the search results windows in Spotlight and also ...
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Which tool is most flexible for searching my whole system, locate or mdfind?

Follow-on to Spotlight and the locate command don't search *all* folders: The steps mentioned by Gordon Davisson were performed; .bashrc was entered in the Spotlight search field, and System and ...
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Run a shell script from Spotlight?

I wrote a very basic script that launches "bc" in quiet mode very a simple but effective calculator. I want to be able to launch it via Spotlight. I can make it a ".command" file, but it never shows ...
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OS X 10.5 Spotlight Kind different to Finder Kind for particular file (.dylib) despite app (SeaMonkey) removed

in the distant past I installed SeaMonkey. There was a mistake in the apps Info.plist that inappropriately associated a number of file types with the app, in particular .dylib. The bug was recognised ...
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How to avoid slow startup / OSX won't save spotlight index?

Lately I've been having issues with osx taking a CRAZY long time to start up. Every time it does start, I have this hunch that, considering how hard spotlight is working after startup, that it might ...
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MDS errors: “DiskStore: No block in wakeup” and “Ignored bogus fetch for MDSQueryWithBlockTask”

I've been getting tons of these entries in my system log. I can't find any indication of what they mean. I assume it's a problem with spotlight somewhere, and I've rebuilt the spotlight indexes, but ...
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OSX Spotlight not removing web searches

I've unchecked everything but I still can't seem to remove the websearches. Is there a way to turn that off? I've tried adding volume to privacy and removing it to rebuild the index, no go. Also ...
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How to launch second process of a program from Spotlight on Snow leopard

I usually launch programs from Spotlight, and there is one program that I want to launch second process. The program in particular is Mathematica. The second process of Mathematica allows me to keep ...
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180 views

Exclude pyc files from spotlight results (Mac OS X)

How should I go about disabling specific files with extensions .pyc from showing up in my quick spotlight search results?
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How to enable the Spotlight shortcut in OS X while allowing japanese characters input?

According to this page : http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.5/en/cdb_sptfky.html the keyboard shortcut to open the Spotlight menu in OS X is CMD-Space Bar. However, I am using a ...
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Why is Spotlight indexing documents although I disabled documents indexing?

I asked Spotlight not to index Documents, but I keep getting full lists of programming files, like *.c *.h and all kinds of developer files And its not just in one folder, its all over the place, so ...
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How can I drag and drop from Spotlight search results on Mac OS X?

I'd like to hit Cmd-Space, type my query, and then from the list, drag a file to my Desktop or my browser or whatever. The best I have is that with the file highlighted, I can hit Cmd-I and then drag ...
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73 views

Spotlight search Application name conflict

The use case where I see this the most is when I want to open the "Spaces" app from Spotlight. I would love to minimize the keys it takes to do this, but because other application exist with similar ...
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1answer
552 views

Spotlight Query Exclude Specific Folder(s)

I want to exclude specific folders from a spotlight query. I do NOT want to exclude them from indexing in general -- I just want to exclude them from my current query. I know how to add exclusion ...
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Spotlight Infinite Indexing issue (external data drive)

This is an external drive, formerly a boot drive which is now in use only to access music files (sibelius, audio, midi, live, logic etc.) without transferring the data into a new boot system, partly ...
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Embedded Spotlight does not function in Outlook 2011

I have a rather strange problem. I manage a network of about 35 Mac, and we all recently switched from Mail.app to Outlook 2011 (Please don't debate this, I've already had this conversation ad ...
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How to show in finder from Spotlight?

Often I use Spotlight to find some file, but then I'd like to see where that file is. My natural reaction is to right-click and select "show in Finder", but alas no such thing seems to be possible. Is ...
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159 views

Spotlight searches in Mail.app's Smart folders

Is there a way to use the Spotlight syntax in Mail.app's Smart Folders? I'd like to make advanced boolean searches.
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Configure which spotlight attributes to show in Finder preview?

Is it possible to configure which attributes to show for file in Finder column view? For all files Name, Kind, Size, Created, Modified and Last opened are shown, but for apps there is also Version, ...
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How to see what files spotlight is currently indexing

Spotlight has been driving me nuts, over working my poor Harddrive so that my whole computer goes to a crawl. (CPU usage is still pretty low, then again I do have a core i7). I saw somewhere that ...
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How to help Mac OS X's Finder determine movie dimensions/duration?

In Finder I can see some info about video files: dimensions and duration, but I can see it only for .mov, .mpg, .mp4 and maybe some other files. What can I do to see this info for .mkv, .avi, .flv, ...
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Mac OS X Spotlight: how to stop it from indexing SD cards

I tried the approach in http://superuser.com/questions/89527/how-do-i-tell-spotlight-not-to-index-a-particular-folder but it still indexes my SD card when I reinsert it into my card reader. How do I ...
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Content search through source code in finder

I am using OSX 10.6 and want to have content searches in finder for the source code types i use. This suggests a (10.4 only?) solution, but although i have the developer tools installed i don't have ...
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smarter OS X smart folder

Smart folders on OS X are nice and all, but you can only access them from the Finder sidebar, and nowhere else (or am I wrong?). A better way would for them to appear as normal folder in the file ...
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Spotlight has stopped indexing/returning anything in /Applications

After a recent kernel panic & restart, Spotlight no longer seems to know anything about the files under my /Applications folder. I used to launch Safari.app, Opera.app, Textedit.app, etc via ...
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How to get OS X to index my Network Volumes with Spotlight?

I have multiple volumes on an Infrant ReadyNAS mounted with AFP via Ethernet at startup on my iMac. Currently Spotlight does not index these volumes (running Snow Leopard). Is there anyway to get ...
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Does Spotlight re-import a file that has been copied or moved?

This isn't a trick question about corner cases or anything like that -- simply, if Spotlight already has a file imported and indexed into its database and that file is moved or copied (say, a script ...
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Why should I use Quicksilver instead of Spotlight?

I recently purchased a Macbook (13") and have been perusing various blogs and zen/hacker sites which provide insight and instructions on becoming a proficient user. I feel relatively comfortable on ...
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Where does Spotlight store its metadata index?

Where does Mac OS X store Spotlight comments associated with a file? Is it stored as HFS+ file metadata, or is the information kept by the OS somewhere else?
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317 views

Inconsistent Spotlight file associations

I have some documents - mostly XLS files - which have different file associations in Spotlight than in Finder. The XLS opens the way I want in Finder, with Mac MS Excel, but when I try to open it ...
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Disable Spotlight keyboard shortcut for selected applications

Spotlight search is activated by Ctrl+Space. Unfortunately, this collides with code completion in Eclipse. I could change the shortcut for either function, but I'd like to stick with the defaults. ...
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Can the search as you type behavior in the Mac OS X Spotlight feature be disabled?

The goal is to invoke the spotlight search field, enter text and to generate search results only AFTER hitting enter. Default behavior is to start generating results as soon as a character is entered ...
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How to disable Spotlight in Snow Leopard?

It seems previous Spotlight disabling method that worked in Leopard, no longer works in Snow Leopard. How can I disable Spotlight in Snow Leopard?
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Is there any way to make Mac OS X Spotlight only index the file names and not the contents?

I do understand that the point of Spotlight is to look inside files, but it also returns file name matches, and that's what I need most of the time. Besides, Spotlight is running so absurdly slow on ...
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2answers
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Can Mac OS X 10.5’s Spotlight be configured to launch the Finder as an application?

This used to work (e.g., in 10.4 I believe). For some reason as of 10.5 it seems to treat the Finder specially and will not return it as a result when you search for "Finder".
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Spotlight doesn't solve math operations any more

It used to be that Spotlight would figure out math operations for me (for example, if I typed 5 + 3, the first Spotlight result, before any located files or other search results, would be the answer). ...