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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Jan 24, 2012
    Spotlight has gone out
    Can someone please tell me how to use spotlight in Lion?
    It used to be that I could type in any word in the spotlight, and it would find everything single thing on my computer that had to do with that word. Now all I get is "Search Web" and "Search Wikipedia".
    SOOOO Frustrating!

  2. #2

    dtravis7's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    iMac 2010 27" QuadI7 OS10.13 iMac 2008 OSX10.11, MBP Late2011OS10.13 , iPad Pro 10.5", iPhone 5s,
    Will search around. Have 3 systems here with Lion and do not have that issue.

    I was going to say since the Spotlight went out, change the Bulb, but did not know how that would go over! Grin

    Sorry, will see what I can find. Did you do an Upgrade install or Clean install of Lion?

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Jan 24, 2012
    Clean install. Brand new machine. I have never been able to search for 1 thing.
    Same problem in Apple Mail. Used to be able to type in any word or name, and it would light up all messages that were pertinent.
    I don't even want to start my rant over all the other things that Snow Leopard was better for....ARRGGGHHHH!
    Thanks in advance for any help

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    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    Here are two great replacements for Spotlight: (both free)


    Find Any File

    Both applications are easier to use than Spotlight and are more thorough.

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    Oct 19, 2008
    Early 2015 13" rMBP
    Go to System Preferences > Spotlight and ensure that it is set to search files and directories. Also, check to ensure that your HD isn't listed in the Privacy tab.
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