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Questions tagged [spotlight]

The search utility included in OS X.

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Why macOS Spotlight window arbitrary close after typing a few characters?

I have an issue again with the macOS Spotlight that causes it to suddenly close when I am typing the search criteria, making it impossible to see any search result. It is a significant issue for all ...
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Search words within “Pages” app in Mac

I am trying to search for a word by Spotlight e.g., "Bronchiolitis". It does not show my document ("Specific Antimicrobials"). Since "Pages" developers for some reason have blocked the spotlight from ...
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Change/delete Spotlight icon in the search bar

On High Sierra I have reduced the transparency (Sys Settings -> Accessibility -> Display), everything looks fine but the spotlight icon in the search bar is very annoying. Non-transparent icon: Is ...
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Can Spotlight indexes be copied to other Macs?

We have recently switched to SMB protocol and now have 12TB of external storage that needs to be reindexed. The amount of network traffic caused such a slowdown that I had to disable indexing on over ...
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Remove “fun” facts from Spotlight lock screen in Windows 10 Home (1803)

UPDATE: I tried all solution proposed in How to disable “link your phone” links on the lock screen? and none of them seem to work on Windows 10 Home (version 1803), so this is probably not a ...
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Windows Spotlight option is missing. How can I enable it?

It's my personal computer running Fall Creators Update. Not connected to any Office or College network. I am not sure why I am seeing "Some settings are hidden or managed by your organization" message....
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Spotlight regular expression shows twitter and movie suggestion

This is a really bizarre thing... but here goes. I was using Spotlight as a temporary copy/paste scratch pad so that I didn't have to have a TextEdit window open. I am working on a regular expression (...
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Why is apple spotlight not finding contents of docx?

Currently, spotlight will only search the title of docx files, not the contents. Is there any way to fix this?
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Default keyboard layout in Spotlight

Long time multi-lingual OS X user. I find it annoying when I invoje Spotlight and start typing an Apps name instead of getting "Photoshop" I get for example "Пчотосчоп" (Phonetic Russian Keyboard). I ...
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Looking for a word between many files

I need to search a word in many Word documents inside many folders that are contained in an external Hard Drive on my Mac. Do you know if it is possible? thx
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OSX Spotlight plugin to search local Git repo history?

Is there a spotlight plugin for OS X that would enable one to find, using spotlight, items in the history of a Git repository? Let's say that I have a series of text files in my git repo, and in the ...
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Spotlight now treating bash scripts as 'Document' instead of 'unix executable'

I have a directory of bash scripts I use frequently, and I tend to launch these via Alfred Alfred in turn relies on Spotlight to index scripts, and assign them a meta content type of 'public.unix-...
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osx spotlight open primary display

Is there a way to make spotlight always open in the primary display? I went through the options for spotlight and display options and there doesn't seem to be a place for that in the normal settings. ...
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How to filter spotlight search results

I use spotlight search to open some applications or look out for definition of english words. But now whenever I type some word to look out for definition, many files are visible as result (which are ...
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Disabling spotlight indexing email attachments - El Capitan

I have just purchased a MacBook Air and I have set up 2 email accounts and have been playing around with spotlight. I tried using features like typing "documents I worked on today" but it came up with ...
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Service com.apple.quickook doesn't stop from restarting

Running Mac OS X 10.2.2 in MacBookPro model MacBookPro11,2. I'm having this issue that I could find using console application: A daemon named com.apple.quicklook deosn't stop from restarting after 0 ...
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Use the tab key for Mac OS X Spotlight?

As the title goes, how can I use the tab key to cycle through Spotlight suggestions, instead of arrow keys?
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Spotlight built-in calculator does not work

After the latest OS X update to 10.10.2, Spotlight built-in calculator stopped working. I tried to disable/enable it in settings and reboot, but nothing helped. Am I the only one who is fighting this?...
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Keyboard shortcut for web search on Mac

I've recently made the switch from PC to Mac and am looking for a quick way to make a web search. On PC, I had Google Desktop installed, so could double-tap 'Ctrl' to bring up a Google search box, ...
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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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How do I suppress the terminal window when I launch a bash script from Spotlight?

When I run a bash script from Spotlight, a terminal window launches to execute it. The window closes when the script finishes but I'd like to prevent that window from appearing on my desktop at all. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 do I permanently disable the spotlight key?

I'm attempting to disable my spotlight hotkey so that I can make my Alfred hotkey CMD+Space. If I disable "Spotlight menu keyboard shortcut" through system preferences, it seems to stay disabled ...
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Spotlight Privacy List

On my Macbook Pro, I am booting from the internal drive for personal stuff and from an external disk for work. Both run Snow Leopard. When I boot from the external/work drive, I want to exclude my ...
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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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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 index ...
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mdworker couldn't find bundle

This error is showing up in my syslog every few seconds: Aug 28 06:02:04 Roys-MacBook-Pro mdworker[1257]: (Error) Import: Couldn't find bundle identifier for /Developer/Applications/Utilities/...
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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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How to reorder results in Spotlight for Lion?

If I remember correctly, Spotlight in Snow Leopard reordered results based on frequency of use. I noticed that Spotlight in Lion is not doing this; it's possible I'm missing something. For example, ...
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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 /usr/local/texlive/2011/...
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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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Different Spotlight kMDItemKind metadata values for same file on different drives

I have run into an issue where I find the same video file to have different values for the kMDItemkind Spotlight metadata depending on the drive it resides on (same machine, of course), which makes ...
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Spotlight refuses to be enabled on Lion

I'm working with a fresh install of Lion - including wiping the hard drive - but Spotlight refuses to be enabled. I've tried: Unloading and loading the MDS service The following commands: sudo ...
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changing spotlight default to search file names, not contents [duplicate]

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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Why does Spotlight not return the correct result?

I dont know if the search features on most operating system is bogus or I am getting it wrong. I am looking for a particular file where css property is set like left:-59px; I perform search on ...
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Spotlight calculator doesn't work (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)

In the last few days the spotlight's calculator doesn't work. It will search and return results, but not the numerical one. I found only several references to this type of problem, all dealing with ...