Initial Spotlight Search Lags


macrumors 603
Original poster
Apr 29, 2005
San Francisco
I don't use Spotlight too much (mainly use Quicksilver) but there are times when the deeper searching of Spotlight is needed. But the first search I do with Spotlight always seems to take a good 5-10 seconds before results show up. After that all searches are nearly instantaneous but that first search that takes a long time really bugs me.

Anyone have this same thing happen and a possible solution? I was looking on Versiontracker for something but didn't see anything that immediately addressed this problem. For Dashboard there is a program that initializes it right away at startup so that it is ready to go anytime afterwards. Anything like that?

(iBook G4, 1.5gb, 10.4.7)


macrumors 65816
Sep 30, 2005
I get this too. The first search always takes longer, but subsequent searches are fine. To be honest though, it doesn't really bother me - it is still miles faster than the default search before Tiger and the default search on Windows.

Simon R.

macrumors 6502
Sep 25, 2006
GimmeSlack12 said:
It bugs me. I think I'll take my Mac back and demand a replacement. :(
lol, you're kidding right? Of course it takes some time to do searches. It has to scan all your files on all your harddrives. But it seems Apple have done some pretty clever indexing to keep search times down.