Spotlight for Microsoft Word documents

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  1. Mosey macrumors member

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    Spotlight will not find text within a Microsoft Word document. It will find it in .rtf and .pdf files. I have checked the box for "Documents" in the Spotlight Preferences. I tried indexing Spotlight and it didn't help. I have and iMac with Mac OS X Version 10.4.11 and have a 2.4 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo. What do I need to do to fix Spotlight?
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    What kind of .doc files do you have, meaning as what Word version do you save them?
     
  3. Mosey thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm using Word:mac 2004 Version 11.2 (060202). I save them as ".doc", so they can be loaded into MS Word in a PC and vice-versa.
     
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    I just saved a text document in two versions (.doc and .docx) and Spotlight had no problem finding them, though I saved them onto my Desktop, but I have no exclusions in my Spotlight preferences, except external HDDs.

    I'm using MS Office 2008 (yeah, ***** software) and Mac OS X 10.6.5. Have you run the latest updates for your Office version?
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Spotlight can find text in any MS Office document. You may need to repair permissions.
     
  6. Mosey thread starter macrumors member

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    On the PC I think it's MS Word 2003. On the Mac it's Word:mac 2004 Version 11.2 (060202). Most of the files are created and only edited on the Mac, then I copy them to USB drive and then to my PC at work and read them there. I don't have anything excluded in the Spotlight Preferences.
     
  7. Mosey thread starter macrumors member

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    I tried rebooting in Safe Mode, but that didn't help. I don't have any of the CDs that came with the iMac (lost in the last move). Where can I get the Disk Utility?
     
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  9. Mosey thread starter macrumors member

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    OK, I ran Disk Utility - Repair Disk Permissions. It didn't help. I also ran Verify Disk (Repair Disk is grayed out) and that didn't help either.
    Does anybody have any more ideas to try? Spotlight still won't find any text within a MS Word document.
     

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