Can't search within System Preferences

Discussion in 'macOS' started by topboost, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. topboost macrumors newbie

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    I'm not sure how this happened, but I discovered I can no longer search within System Preferences. Typically, I can search for "screen saver" and it would highlight the Desktop and Screensaver group for me, but now nothing shows up. Spotlight results show preference items, but nothing within the System Preferences menu.

    On the guest account, everything works as it should, which leads me to believe it's a messed up plist file or something.

    Do any of you know what may have caused this and how I can correct it?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    In the Spotlight pane of System Preferences, is System Preferences checked?
     
  3. topboost thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, the System Preferences box is checked. Under the normal spotlight menu system preferences results appear.
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    That's your problem, then. System Preferences is excluded from search results. Uncheck that box.
     
  5. topboost thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's my impression the checked box means System Preferences results are included. When I use spotlight anyways, they show up fine. They just don't work within the Systems Preferences application.
     
  6. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Oh, I thought you meant the exclusion dialog for Spotlight. Check there.
     
  7. dsgn macrumors newbie

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    I have the exact same problem. Just noticed it 2-3 days after being working with my new Macbook.

    The System Prefs results do appear on the Spotlight search, so no problem with the excludes. It's just the search, directly into the System Prefs window, that doesn't work.

    Thanks!
     
  8. bosmacs macrumors newbie

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    Had the same problem; resolved by removing my user's preference pane cache via the following terminal command:

    Code:
    rm ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.preferencepanes.*
    It might suffice to just delete the .cache file, and you can of course navigate to the ~/Library/Caches folder with the Finder and delete them from there as well.
     

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