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search in folder returns nothing

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Ross Heitkamp Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Mar 28, 2013 5:31 PM

Sometime recently searching in folders stopped working for me.  Using the CMD-F or Search box in a finder window to do a search on This Mac will return results, but when I click to change the scope of the search to the current folder, I then get "0 items", even if it is a file I can see before I start typing.

I have checked Finder Preferences and there is nothing in the Privacy setting. 

I remember long ago hearing about "re-indexing spotlight" and maybe that is what I need to do? But how?  I would try it.

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 8GB
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,235 points)
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    Mar 29, 2013 3:07 PM (in response to Ross Heitkamp)

    System Preferences->Spotlight->Privacy tab->Drag the boot volume icon into the window and then select it and hit the minus button. That should force reindexing.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2

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