SEARCH: Why are Spotlight and Finder results different?

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

    Thor774 macrumors regular


    Sep 14, 2007
    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.

  2. !!! macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2013
    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


    Mar 26, 2011
    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


    Sep 14, 2007
    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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