Re-Index Spotlight? - Apps missing

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Cannedkoala, Jul 6, 2009.

  1. Cannedkoala macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2009

    New to Mac, I like having a clean dock with only a minimum amount of shortcuts to applications and to then use Spotlight to find others when I need them.

    It seems though that not all applications appear in a spotlight search. For example I tried searching for iMovie but all I got was a dictionary definition. So I opened it up through the applications folder, and then after that spotlight found it ok.

    The same is true for other applications that I haven't yet opened, such as iDVD.

    Instead of going through and finding all the apps that are not indexed and opening them, is there a universal way to reindex spotlight?
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
  3. Linuxpro macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2015
    I disabled spotlight indexing. All my apps, including those manually installed show up in launcher and are easily added to the dock. For what do you need spotlight?

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