Spotlight finds too much

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by nelly22, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. nelly22 macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2009
    I just moved Time Machine folder from old external HDD to new external HDD.

    Now if i search for instance 'neofinder', it lists neofinder from correct location in Apps folder but also multiple times from Time Machine backups.

    Before moving TM, my Spotlight privacy list in System Preferences was empty and it found neofinder only once.

    I don't want to add TM folder to Spotlight privacy list because some times it's nice to be able search TM folder too.

    Time Machine: How to transfer backups from a current backup drive to a new backup drive
  2. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    You can limit your searches (as opposed to indexing) in Spotlight searches. It's easiest to do when using a Finder window open to the volume you wanna search, but there are other ways. I use HoudahSpot, which makes it really easy, but you can limit the scope of Spotlight searches in a variety of ways.

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