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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 late 2007 10.11.b4, iMac 2008 10.10.5, Macbook2007 10.7.5, Mac Mini 10.7.5, iPhone 3GS Note 8!!
    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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    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    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
    2012 13" MBP (2.5 i5, 8GB)
    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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