OS X V10.7 Lion :: Spotlight Search Doesn't Work In Help Center

Jun 17, 2012

I can't get the search funtion to work in the Help Center. I'm trying to search topics in Logic Help, But it also doesn't work for other Apple programs. My internet connection is working fine. OSX.7.4 on a unibody MacBook Pro, with Logic 9.1.7.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Search On A Windows Server In Finder Doesn't Work?

May 30, 2012

I have recently installed Mac os X Lion on my work iMacs, and ever since I haven't been able to search on my windows server. I was running both leopard and snow leopard before, and back then it worked perfectly.

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iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Intel Mac :: Spotlight Search Didn't Work On Custom Folder On Root

Feb 14, 2012

I created a new folder under root "/" to store my working files But whenever I open this folder using finder, the spotlight search return 0 result no matter what I input I know spotlight have some prefined index path, but some how I cannot add my custom folder to be index 

27-inch, Mid 2011Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2 (11C74)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Spotlight Search Not Working?

Apr 5, 2012

I have tried everything to fix Spotlight search with no luck. I have deleted the index file in the root directory with out success. and tried several other ways of tring to re index my machine.  As you can see from my screen shots. There is a file called Apps on the desktop. Yest when I search the desktop it cant find it.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: How To Filter Search To Name Contains Using Spotlight

Jun 8, 2012

How to best use the Spotlight and or Command+F find/search feature unsion Lion 10.7? Specifically, I am looking to filter the search to "Name Contains".I know if I Com+F, I can apply that filter with a couple more clicks.And Spotlight can initiate the search.The problem with this method is Show All in Finder leaves no way to apply the Name Contains filter unless I go back and edit the results, then I can drop down and select the filter.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Spotlight Search Is Empty?

Jun 13, 2012

Searching for anything in Spotlight returns no results. Trying to re-initiate indexing by setting the hard-drive to "private" and then "non-private" is not allowed. Using mdutil to force recreate an index fails. "No Index." 

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MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X :: Won't Work With Spotlight / Doesn't Stop Indexing

Jul 25, 2009

a few weeks ago I used a maitenance software (like onyx). I changed something in the spotlight settings, which made it indexing... without stopping.

I have now reinstalled Mac OS X.. everything worked ok. I then updated it... and the problem popped up again.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Spotlight Won't Search External Drives?

May 17, 2012

I have an external drive with a lot of music on it.  I recently upgraded to Lion and now the spotlight will not search the disc.

There used to me a spotlight box in the corner of the drive window and now there isn't. The disc is half a tare and it's next to impossible to search manually.  It is a Go Flex drive.

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iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 20" screen 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Getting Location Of Files Via Spotlight Search?

Jun 10, 2012

How do I know WHERE the files are located when I search via Spotlight?I search but do not always wish to click file or application to open .. I just want to know its location.Snow Leopard showed me the path so where is that information in Lion's spotlight?

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iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.1)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Spotlight To Search File-names Only Not Content?

Mar 23, 2012

Every time I do a spotlight search, intending only to get filenames (that's what it says in greyed out lettering in the search field), the Spotlight results show content as well with the result I have sometimes 1000s of items listed when I just want results containing filenames only. The search results are useless?How do I get Spotlight to search for filenames only? This is how Search used to be in Classic and for a while in OSX. 

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MacMini 2.26GHz, Mac OS X (10.7)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Spotlight No Longer Shows The Path Of A Search?

May 2, 2012

In Lion, the spotlight no longer shows the path of a search. Can I restore that?

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iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Eliminate Certain File-types In A Spotlight Search?

May 14, 2012

How do I eliminate certain filetypes from results in a Spotlight search?

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MacBook Pro (17-inch 2.4 GHz), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X Mountain Lion :: Does Spotlight Search HTML Files?

Jun 29, 2014

I have a folder full of HTML files I just imported to my MacBook about a week ago. They have been backed up by my Time Capsule. But when I search for keywords in the contents of them, they do not show up. The file names will show up, but none of the contents (which are mainly text). I have tried to force Spotlight to search only the folder that contains the files, but it does not seem to be searching the HTML files. 

Are HTML file contents excluded from Spotlight searches? I seem to have a number of webpages that come in Spotlight for keyword searches that appear to be the result of searching the file contents. So is there a trick to this? Is there some way I can force Spotlight to index this folder? Just not sure why it seems to search the contents of some HTML files and not others.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Find The Path To A File In A Spotlight Search Result?

May 24, 2012

how to find the path to a file in a Spotlight search result. In Snow Leopard I would get the path to a file or folder by just holding the mouse over the search result in Spotlight. I don't see that in Lion.

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iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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ICloud :: Search In Email Doesn't Ever Work

May 22, 2012

for over a month I have been unable to use search in email on the icloud. If I search for ANYTHING at all, eventually it comes back saying it can not download emails. The email list is blank. Then, even after deleting the search criterai, I can see no emails whatsoever anywhere, not in Sent, not in Trash, and not in  Inbound. The only way I can see emails again is to log out and log back in again. Email on the icloud has been like going back 10 yrs in functionality. It has been painfully slow and I see the Can not Load message frequently. All of this is while using my Macbook Pro.

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MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X Mavericks :: Mail Search Doesn't Work

Aug 22, 2014

I had some spotlight issues and the index was successfully rebuilt.  Mail however, still has a disabled search functionality.  If I enter a term in the upper right search field no results appear.  Rebooting and restoring Mail don't work.  Mail is not excluded in the system prefs spotlight settings.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Search Entire Message Not Working In Mail, But Spotlight Works

Apr 3, 2012

I am having a problem where my mail App is not searching the entire body of the message any more. I installed Lion soon after it was released, and I believe that it has been working up until recently. 

If I do a search, it won't search the message body, and gives me no option to search for "Message contains" (just "People" and "Subjects"). If search for subject "foo" and then click on the "Subject" pull down menu, it shows "Subject" and "Entire Message", but "Entire Message" is greyed out. 

I've done a lot of web searching and most people with similar problems had problems with Spotlight. If I do a Spotlight search, it does find all of the mail messages correctly. Its just the Mail app that won't let me search. 

I haven't tried re-indexing spotlight yet because spotlight seems to be working okay. Note that all of my mail accounts are "POP" accounts with the mail stored locally on my machine. 

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Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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ITunes :: Library SEARCH Doesn't Work Properly?

Jun 3, 2012

Very recently, a  search for a particular artist starting yielding songs by that artist but also many other artists. Some might think I shouldn't be disturbed by this, but the search function was perfect until now. There were no unwanted selections. What is wrong? How can I get iTunes to function as perfectly as it has for many years?

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OS X Yosemite :: Mail Search Doesn't Work On IMac Running 10.10.1

Dec 10, 2014

Search in Mail is not working for me on my brand new retina iMac running 10.10.1

If I type in something in the search field it returns no results but the same query in spotlight returns results (in my mail messages)

I have repaired disk in safe mode, repaired permissions, deleted envelope index files, reindexed hard disk, rebuilt mailboxes and spotlight indexes, to no avail.

( sudo mdutil -E /, cd ~/Library/Mail/V2/MailData, rm Envelope Index*, ... )

What else can be done ? My other desktop mac is a 2009 Mac Pro upgraded to Yosemite and the search in Mail is working perfectly with the same iCloud accounts.

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iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014), OS X Yosemite (10.10.1)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Search Doesn't Seem To Be Searching System Files

Jun 3, 2012

I'm trying out 10.7 for the first time (was using 10.6). I notice that in Finder, when I do shift-apple-F, to Find files by name, it doesn't seem to be searching system files like it did on 10.6. Is this configurable - how do I make it search and show me EVERY file on the disk matching criteria? I did a terminal command to show "hidden files" and now the Desktop has .localized and .SD_Store files (which I didn't want to see necessarily) but this hasn't seemed to help me find files below /Library and so on.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Unable To Search Mail From Within Mail Or Spotlight

May 17, 2012

Do realized there have been multiple threads on this topic. Just checking to see if a soilution has been found.

Note: Mail and Spotlight search worked perfectly in Snow Leopard before upgrade.

Upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion. Mail search and indexing no longer working. Unable to search Mail from finder (Spotlight) or within Mail. Spotlight shows all other search ares with the exception of "Messages".[code]...

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Search Option Does Not Work?

Jan 31, 2012

Since I upgraded my operating system I the search option is very slow and does not work in MS word

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ms Word , Mac OS X (10.7.2)

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OS X :: Odd Spotlight Search Results

May 12, 2009

I'm searching for a file in Finder. When I select "Preferences", which is the directory I'm in, it finds the file but when I select "This Mac" it doesn't.

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OS X :: Why Can't Spotlight Search For Particular File

Jun 24, 2010

I am pretty new with Mac and I am trying out my new macbook pro. I'm trying to get to know it. And a while ago I was trying the Spotlight feature. I have a file under User/Library/Preferences/ that is called [URL] I just thought I'd try to search for it on Spotlight if it can find it. I typed myname123 on spotlight but no results were found. Why? Are there any specific strings that should be entered if the search string is between a filename?

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OS X :: Spotlight Search Icons Corrupted?

Feb 11, 2009

Recently the application icons in Spotlight's search window look odd. There's no problem with the search itself, Spotlight hasn't slowed down, the indexing seems ok, in fact the whole system appears to be ok, let aside these odd looking icons.

Logging out or restarting the system works for a while, 3 Spotlight searches to be precisely, the icons are fine for a while, but the fourth search returns every application icon the way it is seen on the screenshots I made.

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MacBook Pro :: Spotlight / Search Isn't Working

Jun 25, 2009

My MBP 17 (2.6 GHz, model 4.1) with  128 SSD isn't finding files which are definitely on my drive. Seem to only find files on the desktop, but not in sub folders for some reason. Any ideas why? Is it the SSD thats not indexing properly? How can I reset or fix this. Its becoming annoying

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OS X :: Search Google In Spotlight Running 10.5.7

Jul 13, 2009

Is there a way to search Google in Spotlight search? I am running 10.5.7 if it helps.

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OS X :: Easier Complex Search Than Spotlight?

Jul 25, 2009

Is there a way to bring up a 'form' to do a search*, so I can type in, for example, start and/ or end dates for the files I am interested in, or types of files, or a word in a file, or a part of the folder 'tree' its beneath, etc?? I know I can do this in spotlight but then I have to know, remember or lookup all the syntax and get it correct, much too much hassle for infrequent searches.

I'm presuming someone must have come up with a simple app that front ends a potentially complex spotlight query with a form? Or is there even a native facility to do this in OSX?

* Like you can in WinXP for example, not that I'm trolling, its just that it was sooo much easier in XP and I'm hoping I'm missing something obvious :-(

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OS X :: Spotlight Search From List Automator?

Oct 14, 2009

I have a list if 600 servers, and folder full of escalation documentation. What I'm looking for is the easiest way to feed spotlight that list and return a list of documents that contain at least one of those servers. We're moving a datacenter and I want to start figuring out what docs need to be updated.

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OS X :: Clear Spotlight Search After Launching?

May 8, 2010

I noticed that after I use spotlight to launch an app - say Pages for example, Pages launches but Spotlight continues to search for all files with "pages" in the background - slowing down the system. Is there a setting somewhere that will make Spotlight stop searching / clear the search after launching the result?

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