Don’t use Unicode normalised Form C names for volumes in Disk Utility, as they cause havoc, and prevent Spotlight from indexing volumes.
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.
A growing list of those bugs which are fixed in macOS 11.3, and those which remain.
Now checks whether the sudo vulnerability has been patched, and improves Spotlight search testing too.
Indexing and search diagrammed, leading to the diagnosis of problems with Spotlight, and their resolution.
Adds further features to diagnose Spotlight indexing and search problems. First full release at last.
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.
New version of free utility Mints includes a powerful new feature for checking Spotlight’s indexing and search. Here’s how to use it.
Apple’s Mail, Notes ad other apps now use Core Spotlight, which protects the privacy of their data, but stops search apps from doing their job. And worse.