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Rebuild / Delete Spotlight Index

Every so often you may need to delete the spotlight index or rebuild it. There may be a variety of reasons, for example if you clone your hard drive and spotlight isn’t picking up every file or folder, or you believe that you can’t find the file you want when you do a spotlight search. Rebuilding the index is simple, and it doesn’t take long for spotlight to be up and running again.

Turning Off Spotlight 2

Spotlight

Turning Off Spotlight

Some people are not a fan of using Spotlight. I personally think its one of the best search programs out there for your Mac. If you do want to turn it off, its pretty simple. There are two methods, easy and hard. The easy methods doesn’t really turn it off but cripples it so much that it doesn’t index anything and it doesn’t run. The harder method actually removes key files to stop spotlight from running.

Terminal Tips For Spotlight 0

Spotlight

Terminal Tips For Spotlight

While browsing the webs in the small moments of free time I actually have I came across a really interesting post about using Terminal tips for improving spotlight. You can find the post over at Mac Tips, I recommend you give it a good read. I wish I had thought of some of the tips on the site. While I am here I would like to point out one Terminal tip that you should find useful.

Search System Folders With Spotlight 4

Spotlight

Search System Folders With Spotlight

Normally when you do a search in Finder and you use Spotlight, files in system folders folders will be hidden. This is due to the fact that most of the files you never need to modify, see or use. But every so often you may want to find a file or folder which is a system file. The process is rather simple, but as usual hidden away, where you would normally never find it. The idea and most of the steps to this post came from Dale, after I had ran out of ideas yesterday and posted for help on Twitter.

Narrow Down Spotlight Searches Part 2 1

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Narrow Down Spotlight Searches Part 2

Quite a while ago I did a post about narrowing down searches using the kind: operator. I have been looking and testing out different operators that help you narrow down searches but with different operators. They are really simple and help out a lot if you end up with humongous search results.

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Spotlight

Narrow Down Spotlight Searches

The problem with find is that some times it is “too good”. If there is such a thing. As a result if you want to search for something simple, for example the search term “red”. It will find every single file and folder that has the word red in it. This is all well as good, but most of the time you end up with thousands of results, and you spend the next ten minutes scrolling down the list until you reach the place you want. But there is a quicker way, hence the post, to narrow down the searches for a specific file or folder type. This means that if you have a file that you know is an image you can show only the image files. It is super easy, and only requires a bit more typing.

Using Spotlight For Quick Calculations 4

Spotlight

Using Spotlight For Quick Calculations

Whats 25*253? Its a hard sum to do (the answer is 6325). Calculator is usually the only way to work out such a sum with out being a maths genius. But spotlight has a cool little feature than enables you to do basic calculations.

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