Spotlight is not very smart?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by thenewguy, Dec 8, 2006.

  1. thenewguy macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2006
    I was looking for a file today using spotlight. It didnt find it. I then navigated to where I thought it was and sure enough it was right there, with the keyword i entered in the title.

    What's the deal? Do I have to have spotlight re-index the disk? Why doesn't it know about all my files?
  2. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    Are you sure you didn't accidentally put some flying apostrophes in the search box? I've had the same thing before, but then I realised I didn't quite type it in correctly...
  3. ricksbrain macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2005
    Miami, FL
    You may consider reindexing your drive. It is Spotlight 1.0...
  4. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Just double checking, because this is a possible explanation...

    Did you exclude any areas from being indexed by Spotlight? That would explain why certain files in plain view were not retrieved.

    Spotlight exclusions are set in the Privacy tab of the Spotlight preference pane in System Preferences.
  5. thenewguy thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2006
    how do I re-index?


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