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Question: Finder error message: You can't open the application "numbers.app" because it s in a time machine backup

I am trying to open certain applications via spotlight, but I am getting the error message "You can't open the application 'XYZ.app' because it is in a time machine backup"


This happens on some (numbers, pages for example) but not all apps launched from spotlight. The apps open normally when launched from the finder or from the dock.


I have a Time Machine located on an external HD but have never had to use it.



Any advice would be great as it's annoying because I use Spotlight to launch most of my apps!

iMac, macOS High Sierra (10.13.1), 21.5 late 2013. 2.7Ghz i5. 16GB RAM

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Please read and follow How to rebuild the Spotlight index on your Mac - Apple Support. In Step 3 you will be dragging the entire hard disk icon.

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Nov 18, 2017 10:03 AM in response to John Galt In response to John Galt

Ah - great stuff! This worked for me but only after the second time of trying… and putting both the boot HD and time machine HD in-and-out of Spotlight.


Thanks a lot - I was thinking it was a Time Machine or Finder error and completely overlooked Spotlight!

Nov 18, 2017 10:03 AM

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