[Spotlight] Not searching through my entire laptop?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by loisd, May 18, 2009.

  1. loisd macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    Often, when I type a filename in Spotlight, it does not find it, although I am 100% sure the file exists.

    Is this normal? Can it be corrected?

    Many thanks,

    Lois
     
  2. arjen92 macrumors 65816

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    are you really that sure, no just kidding. But I do have the same thing sometimes thinking I had a file, but named it a little bit different or used a space. But I suggest you look in system preferences to see if any category isn't turned on, or that some places aren't searched (second tab)
     
  3. loisd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your reply.
    All categories are ticked, and no folder is non-searchable (second tab).

    .. What can I do?
     
  4. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Repair Permissions
    Repair Disk
    Get ONYX and reset the database
     
  5. loisd thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    "Repair Permissions" and "Repair Disk" are located at Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility

    OnyX is 3rd party software that you have to download and install.
     
  7. loisd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for this.

    I could not find in which Onyx tab can I reset the database. Would someone be able to point it out to me?
     
  8. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Under Maintenance there are a few tabs, look under the tabs to see something with spotlight.
     
  9. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    There is a way to reindex Spotlight but it still will not parse through files in /Library or /System or ~/Library. Also note that Mac OS X Server automatically has Spotlight disabled, not that it seems you're running that OS.
     
  10. loisd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    My Mac OS X version is 10.5.7.

    I've reindex Spotlight through OnyX. I have tried to do it the Apple way as well (dragging in and out a folder in the privacy tab). Still, when I am looking for a file in my normal folders (Users>MyName>...), it does not appear.

    Could it be because I have activated FireVault?

    Thanks for your help again.

    Lois
     

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