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 :: Eliminate Certain File-types In A Spotlight Search?

May 14, 2012

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May 24, 2012

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Apr 5, 2012

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Jun 8, 2012

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Jun 13, 2012

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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.

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

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

Jun 17, 2012

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

Jun 29, 2014

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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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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Show Attachments As Pdf File Names Not As Opened Files?

Apr 16, 2012

When I attach a file to Mail, it shows as an open file, not as a file name. How do I make attached files show as file names, not as an open file?

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Opening Password Protected Content Of Zip File

Jul 3, 2012

I'm having trouble opening password protected contents of zip files. Box for password entry does not appear on the desktop. (iMac with Lion 10.7.4)The file inside the zip file appears but cannot be opened because I'm not presented with the place to enter the password.

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iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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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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May 24, 2012

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Jun 8, 2012

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MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Feb 11, 2009

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Jun 25, 2009

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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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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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Oct 14, 2009

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May 8, 2010

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Mar 14, 2009

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Jun 30, 2014

I have a number of Mac's (all running Mavericks), connecting to a shared folder on a Mac we use as a 'server' (it doesn't run server software though, just Snow Leopard client). 

Does Mavericks Mac's use the 'spotlight index' of this shared, networked, Snow Leopard Mac, or when we search it, it's just searching the actual file structure? 

I'm having issues with searching this networked Mac (some files not being found and then a on later search they appear), and I don't know whether a rebuilding of the spotlight index on the networked Mac is a relevant troubleshooting step. 

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