Context searches within Spotlight

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Big Ron, May 28, 2013.

  1. Big Ron macrumors 6502

    Big Ron

    Dec 7, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Does anyone know if Spotlight searches within files?


    • I know I have a document on my Mac somewhere, but can't remember where iv'e filed it.
    • No problem I can remember using a particular word (ISO 9001 if anyones interested)
    • After a long pause Spotlight found nothing:eek::eek:
    Am i doing anything wrong/should I tick an option box?

    Coming from a PC I know there is additional software that can acheive what I want to do but I can't beleive that Spotlight is so dumb. :confused:

    Does it look into pdf's?

  2. FoxFifth macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2012
    Spotlight will search for text within PDFs if PDFs are checked in Spotlight Preferences.
  3. LinusR macrumors regular


    Jan 3, 2011
    Basically, Spotlight is pretty awesome and works fine all day and night, it's not dumb. But Spotlight does only search in indexed files and folders on your hard drive(s). It might be possible, that your file has not been indexed by Spotlight yet. You can achieve a reindexing of your hard drive(s) by doing the following steps.

    1. Open Preferences app and choose the Spotlight item
    2. Add the hard drives you would like to have a new index to the private folder list
    3. Quit Preferences, open it again and delete your hard drives from the private list again.

    Spotlight will reindex the hard drives and their entire content now. This could solve your problem.
  4. Big Ron thread starter macrumors 6502

    Big Ron

    Dec 7, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Thanks FoxFifth & LinusR

    It looks as though I will have to rebuild the index

    Thanks for your speedy replies.

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