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Question: Spotlight search always quits itself when typing.

So on my 2015 MacBook Pro running Sierra, whenever I try to search something using Spotlight search(by the hot keys that summons up Spotlight anywhere), when I was typing in letters, after 3 or 4 letters it always suddenly quits itself , and the top right magnifying glass also disappears for a very short time(like .3 sec) and shows up again. I can summon up Spotlight again and type in and the same happens.


I tried force quit it via Activity Monitor, reset NVRAM, reset SMC, reindexing Spotlight, none of these worked.

This only happens after I successfully upgrade to Safari 12.

And looks like there are many complaints about couldn't upgrade to Safari 12 due to Spotlight app. I'd suppose there's something to do with the Safari upgrade, too.

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015), macOS Sierra (10.12.6)

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Sep 22, 2018 6:21 PM in response to Outsidero In response to Outsidero

It has everything to do with the Safari 12 update. Turn OFF (uncheck) the "Bookmarks & History" option in Spotlight pane in System Preferences. The problem will stop until Apple fixes Safari.


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Here is the thread I started yesterday: Spotlight crashes after typing a few letters since Safari 12 update

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Sep 20, 2018 8:12 AM in response to Outsidero In response to Outsidero

This just started happening to me, also, and I just upgraded to Safari 12.


Spotlight launches, I start to type my search, and after typing 3-4 letters, it just quits and won't let me finish typing nor does it produce search results. The only way I can something now is by searching in a Finder window.


I'm on a MacBook Pro, early 2011 model, Sierra macOS.

Sep 20, 2018 8:12 AM

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Sep 20, 2018 9:54 AM in response to Outsidero In response to Outsidero

Try setting up another admin user account to see if the same problem continues. Please post back on whether or not this worked. Also try the Safe Mode. Please post back on whether or not this worked.


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Sep 22, 2018 12:09 PM in response to Al Hatch In response to Al Hatch

Is this bug only happening on Macs running Sierra (10.12) after updating to Safari 12? Or also to Macs running High Sierra? It does seem like it's related to the Safari update. Also, sometimes when I try to type a search into Spotlight, it doesn't just quit after 3 characters...I've had it switch to a field in the Safari browser and the characters appear there instead.

Sep 22, 2018 12:09 PM

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Sep 22, 2018 6:21 PM in response to Outsidero In response to Outsidero

It has everything to do with the Safari 12 update. Turn OFF (uncheck) the "Bookmarks & History" option in Spotlight pane in System Preferences. The problem will stop until Apple fixes Safari.


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Here is the thread I started yesterday: Spotlight crashes after typing a few letters since Safari 12 update

Sep 22, 2018 6:21 PM

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Sep 22, 2018 1:25 PM in response to Eric Root In response to Eric Root

None of this matters. I forced Spotlight to re-index several times and it briefly works until the indexing is done and then the problem returns. It also happens while using a different Admin account. After a lot of troubleshooting, I can only get it to stop crashing by UN-checking the "Bookmarks & History" option in the Spotlight pane of System Preferences (all other Spotlight options are checked). I think it has to be a bug or issue with Safari since it's only "Bookmarks & History" and the problem coincides with the update to version 12.

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