SEARCH: Why are Spotlight and Finder results different?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by Thor774, Jul 5, 2015.

  1. Thor774, Jul 5, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2015

    Thor774 macrumors regular

    Thor774

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    Today I was searching for something and found that the results were different depending on how I initiated the search.
    I have understood that it did not matter how you initialize a search, the results should be the same because Finder also uses the Spotlight index to power the searches.
    The problem is that when I initialize a search from the Finder window I am missing a lot of results compared to what I get when I use Spotlight. There is also a big difference in the way the results are been presented:

    SPOTLIGHT: If I select "Show all in Finder..." option my results are presented separated by kind (several separated lists on the window divided by kind) and I get results from a lot of sources including:
    - Documents: Excel spreadsheets, Evernote notes, txt files
    - Email messages
    - Contacts
    - Events and reminders
    - PDF documents
    and others.
    For a simple query like the word amanda I get 47 results in total.

    FINDER: Using the same query amanda I get only one list of 11 items, not separated by kind. I don't get any results from Evernote, email messages, contacts, events and reminders or Excel files.

    Both windows indicate that they are searching on This Mac.

    I think that there is something wrong here and appreciate your input about this.

    Thanks.
     
  2. !!! macrumors 6502

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    Finder only shows individual files and folders. Spotlight shows notes, Safari history & bookmarks, mail, messages, etc.
     
  3. TechThule, Jul 5, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2015

    TechThule macrumors newbie

    TechThule

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    I can't answer your question, but I found a somewhat different quirky result. Whether I use Finder or Spotlight they neglect to find a document (in Pages '09) that contains the word. Is there a way to refresh the spotlight search index? rMBP OS 10.10.4
    It surely should find a file on my Hard Drive that contains a word I am searching for...
     
  4. Thor774 thread starter macrumors regular

    Thor774

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    Are you sure? I have read on many places that the results should be the same for both.

    I have seen this behavior before. Spotlight does not find everything. The results are not always reliable. When I really need to find something I use Easyfind from Devon Tech. Search in the Mac gets also confused with some combination of letters, specially when the letters come from a language that is not english
     

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