Finder's search doesn't find everything!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by zewly, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. zewly macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2008
    I'm having problems with finder finding all my jpg's. I'm using 10.5.5. It only finds about a dozen even though there are hundreds in sub directories! I have set to search by kind, and by size and it still won't! It's not a 500 limit either. and it's not a folder in spotlights privacy area either.

    Looks like apple may never fix this bug, since it was pointed out over 3 years ago in 10.3!!!!!! :mad::apple:

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  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    You should send the info to
  3. Colonel Badger macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2008
    Are you using spotlight or simply opening a finder folder and not seeing all the jpegs that are there?
  4. zewly thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2008
  5. Colonel Badger macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2008
    Sounds like spotlights index's are screwed. You can try having it re-index by doing a

    mdutil -E /Volume/XXXXX

    where XXXX is the name of the disk that you're search results aren't working on.
  6. chaywoo macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2009

    I have the same problem when looking for something like
    I get some cache folder that doesnt have anything with

    Im sort of new to Mac, and I dont know how to fix these problems..
    Never had such problems in windows..

    Is that a 'script'?

    How do I prevent this from happening again? anybody?
  7. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
  8. mysterytramp macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    What happens when you select the "All Images" smart folder in the sidebar?

    What happens when you search by file extension and select JPG?

    What happens when you create a new jpg and select the "Today" smart folder in the sidebar?

    Are you including System files in your search? Spotlight by default leaves out "system files" -- and most files would qualify as those. To find them:

    -- hit the "+" key in the upper right of a Spotlight window
    -- you should see "Kind" is "Any" menus.
    -- select "Kind" and choose "Other..."
    -- after panel appears, scroll down to "System Files" and select it.
    -- click OK.
    -- after "System Files" appears in the Spotlight menu, select "are included"

    You should then be able to see all your files.


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