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

    Jun 23, 2010
    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


    May 16, 2008
    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

    Jun 23, 2010
    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


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    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

    Jun 23, 2010

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