Big Sur 11.3 fixed a bug which stopped indexing of the contents of RTF files. Here’s how to ensure all your RTFs are now accessible in Spotlight searches.
Global in the menu bar, Local in the Finder, Core in-app, and Third-party for other developers. Spotlight is a chimera, and each finds different items.
Why can’t my Macs find text in Rich Text files? This explains how to diagnose the cause – which here is a bug in Big Sur’s Spotlight importer for RTF.
EasyFind, Find Any File and HoudahSpot compared, and tested against a wide range of search targets. The results are surprising.
Fifteen years ago, when we first got Spotlight search, we were more concerned with finding our documents rather than preventing others from reading their contents. Why?