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.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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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?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X Mountain Lion :: How To Find Path To Folder Listed In Spotlight

Aug 25, 2014

When I have an item listed in a Spotlight search that is in a folder I'm actually looking for, how do I figure out where the folder is located?  I often remember a document or app and want to add something to the same folder, but can't find it-- Spotlight does not give the path that I can see. 

Intel IMac, Mac OS X (10.4.6)

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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. 

MacMini 2.26GHz, Mac OS X (10.7)

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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?

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

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OS X :: How To Input Approximate File Path Information Into Search Query?

Sep 26, 2009

The original message was too long, so here is a shorter version. Suppose I have the following file structure: Joeirthdayphotos. I want to type, "photo, joe" to get me to the "photo" folder. Is there a simple way to do something like that?


Spotlight seems to only allow users to find files but without relation to where the file might be located. This works fine if the filename is "New_York_Birth_Rate_2008.pdf". How about if it's stored as "Birth_RatesNew_York2008.pdf"? Searching for "2008.pdf" would bring up a whole host of files and one could select the one in the right folder. But what if you have a large number of files called "2008.pdf", stored under various folders (birth rate, mortality, morbidity, rain fall, humidity, crime rate, etc etc etc" and you want to narrow the search? Sure, one could use the advanced search, but this defeats the purpose of a file launcher like Spotlight.

Ideally, I want to input something like, "new york, birth, 2008" in any order and it would search for all folders and files with similar names, sorted by placing ones with more matched terms in terms of the file path. Is there an input method to do this? Surely this is a common scenario?

Here's another example, "Sales Person ABronx2009SeptInsurance Plan A.pdf". Now imagine I have 200 sales persons, and 50 areas. I want to type "richard, longevity plus.doc, bronx" to narrow the list. Sure, I can use advanced search, but as I said, this defeats the purpose of spotlight.

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MacBook Pro :: How To Display Path In Spotlight On Lion

May 23, 2012

The function of Spotlight has changed so that it no longer displays the path of a selected file.  There are additional keystrokes that need to be performed to display path.  Not only is this change inconvenient and frustrating it is also a productivity killer.  Those 2 or 3 seconds to click on a box or do a key combo add up at the end of a long project.  Does anybody know if Apple has Business Analysts that vet any proposed changes like this.  If so, are the BAs keeping the path open that goes to us users.

MacBook Pro (15-inch 2.53 GHz), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X :: How Do You Find The File Path To Mount An ISO?

Jun 21, 2009

i've no idea what i'm talking about really haha, but here's the deal! i have a download that requires steps that i've no idea what the heck they are talking about, and i think it's mostly PC instructions too so i'm totally lost, all i know is what i downloaded isn't complete. so they tell me to do this

1. Burn or mount the Application ISO using one of the many ISO utilities. ( I personally use PowerISO to mount, but daemon tools should work fine too.)

personally i don't have the slightest clue as to what an ISO is in the first place but whatever. so i look up ways to do whatever it is they are asking for macs and i get this from [URL]

If you're wondering how to mount an ISO image in Mac OS X, it is very easy. In the Terminal type the following command: hdiutil mount sample.iso with sample.iso being the path to the image you want to mount. After the checksum is completet, your ISO will appear mounted on your Mac OS X desktop - that's it. You you can actually mount virtually any other disk image type with hdiutil as well, so give .dmg .img a try too.

still no clue what anyone is talking about but ok! i find terminal which i didn't even know existed. i type in what i think is that path cause i've no idea how to find it and i get this

macs-macbook:~ mac$ hdiutil mount /User/mac/Desktop/japanese1/data/00.rsd hdiutil: mount failed - No such file or directory.

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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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Intel Mac :: Why Won't Spotlight Find A Text Document In Search Results A 2nd Time

Apr 15, 2012

I can type a search word into Spotlight. It will show results. I then open let's say an Appleworks text document from that search.  Then I close that document and retry the same search: Now that same document will not show up in the search results for that exact word and it WILL NEVER show up again in search results.  In other words after a file has been found and opened in search once , it will never appear in search results again for the same word. 

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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Software :: Spotlight Search Ignore Some File Types

Aug 25, 2008

I have folders of Adobe ActionScript (.as) files, but I've noticed that spotlight/search ignore the contents of these files, even though they are text-based. How do I configure spotlight/search to examine the text within these files?

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OS X :: Spotlight Won't Result Any Of Folders Or Documents

Jun 29, 2009

Well, I use Spotlight religiously on a daily, hourly, maybe minute basis. I have a ton of organized folders under my Documents and when I search for any of those folders in spotlight no results are yielded. Not even if the whole folder is typed out, or even just partial. I tried typing in many different folder names I have but nothing.

Then I tried typing in spotlight the names of Pages files, Excel Files, Word, etc...you name it. But nothing.

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OS X :: Turn Off Spotlight Searching After Getting Result?

Nov 14, 2009

I need to have a question answered about searching in spotlight. Whenever I search for anything, I find what I need but after I open the "app/filename". Spotlight continues searching and it will continue to search until I "x-out" of the search field. Is this how spotlight works or can the search be turned off after selected a search result?

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OS X Yosemite :: Spotlight Searches Fine But Then Clicking Result It Freezes?

Dec 3, 2014

I can search fine with Spotlight but when I click the result the spotlight freezes - right in the middle of the screen..If I click a text file it does not open the text file after unfreezing..So basically spotlight is completely useless.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)

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OS X :: Preview In SL - View Missing Of Search Result

Sep 26, 2009

Search results in SL's Preview are not very helpful, because it shows only pages where given word/phrase occurs. I miss the view where the context of the search result was shown. Does anyone know how to get the behaviour of the pre-SL's Preview back?

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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." 

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

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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.

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?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.1)

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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 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 :: How To See Path Of Current File In TextEdit (or Any App)

Feb 22, 2012

Pre-Lion the way to see the path of the file you are currently looking at (in any app, but for simplicity let's say TextEdit), was to select Save As... and it would default to the directory the file is open in. At least that's the way I did it... 

So now in Lion (which I generally like) how do you see what directory your current file is located in?? 

Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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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. 

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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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 :: Locate A File Found By Spotlight?

Jun 20, 2012

Yes, it finds things, BUT doesn't tell me WHERE on my computer I can find it.

Yes it opens a folder etc, BUY WHERE IS THAT FOLDER?  I've wasted more time looking for "the folder" it found than I care to mention. 

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.4), 8GB DDR3 SDRAM

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MacBook Pro :: Missing Profile - How To Find Its Path

Jan 14, 2011

Has anyone seen my .profile file? It had lots of paths in it, aliases and vars, so stuff just works not now.

Seriously, it is a big problem and I didn't expect this from a 5 month old MBP. Has this happened to anyone? Is there a way to recover? I was used to this sort on Windows and that was completely understandable on that platform. Please tell me Mac is not same as PC only nicer box.

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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 :: Using Mac's File Path?

Jul 18, 2009

we have some excel worksheets in the office an use neo-office to use VBA with the Macros, an the Macros point to save files to a storage device on the network, using a path like //001-stoarge/folder/

to save them manually would take a lot of time.

is there a way for Mac , or neo office to see the path like windows does? or UNC way

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Understanding File Search On New Mac Versus Windows?

Jun 8, 2012

I have a lot of computer experience, mostly with Windows.  This is my first Mac (MacBook Pro Lion). I'm having trouble understanding how to search for files with the Mac OS.For instance, let's say there's a file named "shakeyt" inside an application folder and I want to search for it (even though I know this file does exist there).  If I select the root of my hard drive and type "shakeyt" in the search box in Windows Explorer, it searches the entire drive and shows me all the results for that search, including the file "shakeyt" that I knew was there and it's path. 

This does not seem to work for me in Lion.  When I select Macintosh HD or "this mac" or click on the Applications folder (where I know it exists) and type "shakeyt" in the search box (or in the spotlight search box) the only results that I get are a couple of emails that contain the word "shakeyt". I have looked through all the finder and system preferences to see if I have something set wrong but cannot find anything. Isn't there somewhere in this OS that you can simply type a word and it will show you all instances of this word (file names, text references, etc)? 

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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