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Searching in osx for “anything but..”

I was trying to clean up my music folders and I want to remove everything except MP3 files. I want to know how to search for everything but MP3s and obviously the subfolders themselves. What do I ...
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What do multiple decimal points mean in the spotlight calculator

I don't understand what this means - when I input multiple decimal points into the OSX spotlight. For instance: 1.1.1 yields 0.11 What does it mean? A google search didn't help me find any ...
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Reduce search sensitivity in Spotlight

OS X' search is almost useless with the hundreds of irrelevant items it produces. Is there any way to reduce its sensitivity?
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176 views

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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Homebrew, spotlight and upgrading software under /usr/bin/

My OS X comes with a version of git installed in /usr/bin. However, this version is older than the official stable one. I would like to upgrade it. Can I use Homebrew to upgrade this version? Or ...
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Why does Spotlight omit some files in my search result?

I'm trying to use Spotlight (Mountain Lion) to do a recursive search on a bunch of subfolders. (It's actually the Firefox disk cache, and I'm pecking around for a few images, so I thought this would ...
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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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Spotlight: search any word using services without opening Finder

I'm using Mavericks on a Mac. The "services" shortcuts allow me to highlight a word and search for this word in spotlight. This searches for the word in a new Finder window. Is it possible to ...
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How to get OS X Spotlight to search Andrew File System (AFS) volume?

I'd like to have Spotlight index and search a mounted AFS volume (actually, just one folder on this volume). I'm aware of this question about network volumes: How to get OS X to index my Network ...
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249 views

Spotlight not showing the right apps' icons

I have a problem with Spotlight : When I start typing the name of an app, its icon is usually the c file header's. For example, for the Activity Monitor : How can I restore the real icons instead ? ...
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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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286 views

Windows Server 2008 R2 and OSX 10.5/.6/.7, Search, Spotlight

I'm handling a migration from a on old mac server to a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine running a 12TB(10 usable) RAID5 server. It's using an SMB share and now the OSX 10.5/.6 users can search sometimes ...
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Spotlight can't see anything in Applications

There have been other threads on this but none of the solutions mentioned have helped me. Spotlight has stopped showing any results for my Applications. I've tried reindexing and removing the ...
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Why is Spotlight faster than Windows 7 Search? [closed]

I'm just curious about why Spotlight on a MacBook is so fast to get results compared to Windows 7 Search? Are there any fundamental differences between them?
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145 views

How to search for a folder inside another specific folder in Spotlight

Is possible to tell spotlight to search for a folder "x" that is contained within folder "y"? For example, I have several dirs named "june" in my computer, but one of them is inside a dir named ...
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Search /usr/local/texlive directory with Spotlight

Having TeXLive installed on my Mac, I frequently need to consult documentation for some of the packages. It seems silly to Google this when I have the PDFs all on my HDD in ...
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Os X Lion 10.7.4 mds: (Error) Server: mdsync launch failed: (ipc/send) invalid destination port

Im getting this message over and over again in my console: 27.06.12 18:05:31,541 mds: (Error) Server: mdsync launch failed: (ipc/send) invalid destination port 27.06.12 18:05:31,541 mds: (Error) ...
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How to disable Spotlight content indexing in Mac OS

From Windows experience, I could always elect Live search to only index file names not their content. Is this something that can be done with Spotlight on a Mac? It used to index absolutely ...
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locate similarly named files

I'm running OS X 10.7.3. I would like to locate all the files that have common strings in their filenames. I have a folder that contains several files whose filenames are the same except for the ...
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626 views

changing spotlight default to search file names, not contents

Does anyone know if it's possible to change the Spotlight default search behavior to search file names, not contents? Right now, bringing up the Spotlight field and typing "terrible" brings up a bunch ...
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OS X mdls command gives “null” in output

I have bash script that utilizes the Mac based mdls command in a shell script to generate a metadata report for media files. When the script works the output looks like this: 1) [./test1.mov] - ...
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How to search for all labeled files, except those in some folders?

I want to add a saved search to my sidebar that contains all labeled files on my Mac, except files that are in certain folders. Files that are in subfolders of the excluded folders shouldn’t be ...
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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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259 views

How to Prevent Spotlight from Indexing Non-Apps in /Applications Directory?

The only thing I need indexed in the /Applications folder are the .app files. Is there any way to setup a filter to have mds or Spotlight ignore everything in /Applications except .apps? Otherwise, ...
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154 views

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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179 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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92 views

Spotlight and all contents on desktop disappeared in OS X

My Spotlight disappeared and I can't find it or get it back. Where is it and how should I make it come back? And when I do, all my folders disapeared from my desktop along with my hard drive. Does ...
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How to show hidden files in Spotlight search results

If I use the search option in the top right corner of the Finder, hidden files do not show up in the search results. Is there any way to change this?
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Can Spotlight be configured to index /System/Library/CoreServices?

With Quicksilver (and other launchers of that type) you can configure it to index applications from places other than /Applications. I often like to launch things from /System/Library/CoreServices ...
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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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How I can use Spotlight to search a USB flash drive?

How I can search anything on a thumb drive using Spotlight? As soon as I start to search it shows all content of my Mac's hard drive. I am using Snow Leopard 10.6.8.
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Disable Spotlight search in Time Machine backup

I'm running Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and am trying to disable Spotlight indexing on my Time Machine hard drive, as the mds and mdworker processes are running wildly through all day at 15-60% of CPU... What ...
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Recreate Mail.app Search Index?

It seems that the search index for my Mail.app has been corrupted. I have 4 years of emails, but when searching via the built-in search in Mail.app it always returns no results. Anyone have any idea ...
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How do I go straight to the dictionary result for a Spotlight search in OS X?

So when I search in Spotlight, is there a keyboard shortcut to go straight to the Dictionary result?
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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 to stop Spotlight indexing a networked Time Machine backup?

My Time Machine backs up to a hard drive connected to my Airport Extreme. After I've upgraded to Lion I have noticed that the mds process (the Spotlight indexer) has been running at 100% cpu every now ...
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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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770 views

Mac OS X - some .weblocs files open in Firefox, some don't - why?

I've changed the default application for opening .webloc files to Firefox (using RCDefaultApp, nice piece of kit, that) and that's all fine, except for one bit of weirdness. If I create a .webloc ...
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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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How can I do full text searches on files and have a preview?

On Windows XP I used Google Desktop Search which provided full text searches on files and emails with a preview of results, like a Google search. It indexed files when needed. I'm looking for ...
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Initiate a chat in Adium with Spotlight

On Linux I can use gnome-do to quickly initiate a chat in Pidgin with my friends by just typing their IM's usernames in gnome-do's search box then press Enter. Can Spotlight do the same ? I'm open to ...
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249 views

Cannot figure out how to search for a file on mac os 10.6

I have mac os 10.6. I want to search for a specific file on my machine. I am looking at it in finder, so I know it exists (foo.txt). I type "foo.txt" into Spotlight, no results. I type "foo.txt" ...
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How do I do advanced searches in Mac OS X?

I don't get it. I just want to do simple searches that work. When I type part of a filename, I want to see all the files that have that part of the filename. I know how to do this in terminal, but it ...
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How can I quit frozen Spotlight without rebooting my computer?

I opened up Spotlight, typed '12*' to do some multiplication and it's been frozen for the last 20 minutes. I am looking for how to restart the program/service/whatever it technically is, but it's ...
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2answers
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How to Launch Spotlight from the Terminal

I used this tip top hide my menu bar in a bunch of applications, which is a great way to get more free screen space. The one downside is that (for inexplicable reasons) it disables Spotlight when I'm ...
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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 can I open a new Finder window from Spotlight?

Can I open a Finder window from Spotlight? How so?
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How to prevent spotlight from searching external hard drives

I have an external hard drive connected to my Macbook Pro that I always leave on. When I use spotlight to search for something, it always searches this drive. I don't want it to do this because ...
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How can I find all files that are not of a certain kind using Spotlight?

I can enter "Shockwave Flash Movie" in the the search field of a Finder window and find all files that are of Kind, "Shockwave Flash Movie" However, I really want a list of all files that are NOT ...