Why can't Spotlight search for a particular file?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by miw, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. miw macrumors newbie

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    Hello, I am pretty new with Mac and I am trying out my new macbook pro. I'm trying to get to know it. And a while ago I was trying the Spotlight feature. I have a file under User/Library/Preferences/ that is called com.yahoo.messenger3.users.myname123.plist

    I just thought I'd try to search for it on Spotlight if it can find it. I typed myname123 on spotlight but no results were found. Why? Are there any specific strings that should be entered if the search string is between a filename?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Spotlight will not search the Library folders. Use Finder to search those, adding the criteria to include system files in the search.
     
  3. miw thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I tried Finder and looked at its Preferences but I can't find where I can add the criteria for it to search on System Files. Where am I supposed to see that? Thanks in advance!
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    Open Finder window,
    press CMD+F, ​
    go to the drop down menu where it says KIND, ​
    select Other...
    and then select System files in the Attribute column, ​
    and check the In Menu column, if you want to see it next time in the search window.​

    That's at least what I just found out.
     
  5. miw thread starter macrumors newbie

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