MacBook Air searching issues

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by brad13, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. brad13 macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2011
    Hey everyone,

    I've noticed this just the last couple of days. I thought it was only for one program, but now I've tested it is whenever I type any character into the search bar.

    Not sure what it's called, but the magnifying glass next to the time, when I click it and type any character eg. 'a' the Mac will hang for a second and then close all applications and "refresh" with a blue screen to the desktop.

    Any ideas why?

  2. Weaselboy, Sep 2, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2012

    Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    That is the Spotlight search feature.

    Try following this to reindex Spotlight. Drag your Macintosh HD drive into and then back out of the Spotlight preferences privacy tab and that will force a reindex.
  3. brad13 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2011
    Thanks for letting me know what it's called, couldn't think of the name :p

    That has seemed to have fixed the problem, after doing the above and restarting I can now use the Spotlight without crashing.

    Cheers Weaselboy for the quick and accurate reply.

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