4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 20, 2013 2:02 PM by MaggyPie
Rod Crawford Level 1 Level 1

Spotlight is not finding a file i.e.


50783m Mag (Summer) MCC4 Mtns Christian College


Mountain Lion & Lion would do this basic tarsk. Why cant Mavericks do it?


When I search manual I can find it no problem but it takes a lot longer!!!!!


Help HELP HELP somebody please.

OS X Mavericks (10.9)
Solved by MaggyPie on Nov 14, 2013 7:35 PM Solved

Spotlight has been flakey for me ever since Mountain Lion... Sometimes re-indexing will help.


To re-index your whole startup disk, open System Preferences, select Spotlight, select the Privacy tab, click the plus ( + ) button, add your startup disk (Macintosh HD, or whatever name it goes by), then remove it by clicking the minus ( - ) button. Afterwards, spotlight should perform a fresh indexing of the disk.


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Reply by Rod Crawford on Nov 14, 2013 7:52 PM Helpful

Thank you


I'm have started indexing now I will let you know if that fixes it.

Reply by Rod Crawford on Nov 19, 2013 5:51 PM Helpful

Indexing helped


I have run verify permission and that found errors so I repaired the errors and that has now fixed the problem.


Thank you

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