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How can I quit frozen Spotlight without rebooting my computer?

Just ran into Spotlight itself crashing. The answer for that problem is just going to the Terminal and typing: killall Spotlight Fixed the Spotlight freeze problem!
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Remove "fun" facts from Spotlight lock screen in Windows 10 Home (1803)

It appears that at some point in the last year or two, the "Get fun facts" checkbox is no longer honored when you switch back to the Windows Spotlight option. I have two Windows 10 machines, both ...
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How to change the order of items appearing in Spotlight with macOS Catalina/Big Sur?

I found out after that Apple removed this feature from El Capitan. See this question. After a bit of additional searching, I found that hitting Cmd+L brings you straight to the dictionary definitions. ...
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Google Drive files not appearing in Spotlight and Alfred after update

As of December 2021, this seems to be possible only via two options. This is explained in another Q&A on Ask Different. The options are: Use a Python script to manually change the configuration ...
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How to change the order of items appearing in Spotlight with macOS Catalina/Big Sur?

Yeah as others have said, it has been taken away. Classic Apple being we know better :( I sometimes use spotlight for dictionary too and usually the dictionary results are buried down below. One ...
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Remove "fun" facts from Spotlight lock screen in Windows 10 Home (1803)

The existing answers didn't work for me. I'm using 21H1 build 19043.1110. I have disabled the overlay by changing the security settings of the folder that stores the metadata for the lockscreen. %...
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Remove "fun" facts from Spotlight lock screen in Windows 10 Home (1803)

The only way that seems to consistently remove the ads but continue to rotate the spotlight pictures is to enable secure sign-in, which forces you to press ctrl+alt+del to get to the sign-in screen. ...
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How can I quit frozen Spotlight without rebooting my computer?

killall SystemUIServer Works every time (and is the only only service that had any effect) in Catalina. sudo not needed. You'll see your Menubar briefly flash as the process restarts.
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Why is apple spotlight not finding contents of docx?

Yes there is a way. My answer is based on this discussion in Apple Communities. My summary: There are two spotlight importers for Office documents. /Library/Spotlight/Microsoft Office.mdimporter /...
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Spotlight built-in calculator does not work

I have done the way suggested by @portella 5 years ago, but it does not solve my problem. I am using macOS Catalina (ver 10.15.14), and so it is newer than that where the suggestion worked. I guess ...
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mac os catalina doesn't save spotlight preferences

You can do it by putting an invisible file on the root level of each drive you don't ever want it to index - .metadata_never_index This is simple enough to do from Terminal, using touch /Volumes/...
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Use Command key only to launch Spotlight?

In the end I managed to implement this! Using BetterTouchTool I used not a separate keyboard shortcut (that won't work and Cmd always only registers as a modifier) but using a 'Key Sequence'. There I ...
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Use Command key only to launch Spotlight?

Space only needs to be second by nanoseconds, so short you can't hear the two keys as separate events. If I hit the pair at once with my thumb, it registers, just so long as I don't lead with Space. ...
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How to empty trash on external disk on MacOS?

Your machine is in a state where one or more trashed files are in use... typically held open by some process - might well a "zombie" process which will never recover. Method #1 will work ...
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How to set `kMDItemWhereFroms` extended attribute so it shows up in Finder?

In order to do this reliably, you need to use the undocumented function MDItemSetAttribute, which is possible but not straightforward to do in Python. Fortunately, the osxmetadata library has done the ...
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How can I remove web search results from spotlight?

Disabling Siri Suggestions does not help, and in fact I found this comment : Well, I have switched off EVERYTHING in the Spotlight settings. Guess what remained in the results: The web search. This ...
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How can I open Windows Spotlight links in a browser other than Edge?

You cannot. These links are hard coded to open in the Edge browser. Good news is that when Edge Chromium replaces the current Edge, these links should then open in the new browser.
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Remove "fun" facts from Spotlight lock screen in Windows 10 Home (1803)

I simultaneously open Windows Settings and the Registry Editor, so that I can see how changes in the Settings are reflected in the registry. 1 Win-key + i > Personalization > Lock screen Win-...
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Disable Spotlight search in Time Machine backup

I finally found you cannot disable Spotlight to index Backups.backupdb. Apple Support. OS X El Capitan: Spotlight preferences If you add a Time Machine backup disk to the privacy list, you will ...
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osx spotlight open primary display

Spotlight is controlled by Dock. Spotlight will therefore be displayed on the display your Dock is set to. I suggest setting up your dock on the right/leftmost side of your main display.
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How to filter spotlight search results

As long as you are running OSX 10.10 or older, you can use Flashlight to better dictate what functions you want spotlight to do.
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Spotlight Infinite Indexing issue (external data drive)

Had a similar issue, mds_stores consumed 70-90% CPU and almost all available memory. It heated the laptop good so that was a problem. Tried leaving it on for hours, reindexing, adding to and then ...
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How does Spotlight search regex/other special characters?

From the UI Use Raw Queries from the Finder advanced search (aka Spotlight window). This was answered here: How to use wildcard characters in Spotlight search? Jump to finder search in Finder using ...
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How do I tell Spotlight not to index a particular folder?

You can add an empty file named .metadata_never_index to a folder. Or you can suffix the folder name with .noindex — e.g. Trip Photos.noindex Sources: https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/258791 | ...

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