Is the spotlight search of your Mac behaving a little sulky? Is it constantly indexing your drive, or becoming corrupted not providing you the desired search results. If you are facing such problems in Mac OS X Spotlight search results, you need to re-index the folders or volumes for the Spotlight to search efficiently.
Let’s learn how to force the Spotlight in rebuilding the index:
- Go to Apple Menu > System Preferences.
- Select Spotlight.
- Select Privacy tab.
- Drag an entire volume (hard drive) or folder to the list.
- Click OK when it is prompted for confirmation.
- Remove the volume or folder you added to the list by selecting it and then clicking (-) minus button.
- Finally, Close the Spotlight preferences. Spotlight will now re-index the contents of the folder or disk.
Note: You can only add folders or items to the Privacy tab that you have ownership permissions for.
Re-index Spotlight using Terminal command
- Open Terminal app from Applications -> Utilities
- Type or paste the following command in terminal.
sudo mdutil -E /
- This command will re-index every mounted volume on Mac OS X Yosemite and mavericks like disk images, external drive and internal hard drives.
- It will require you to enter administrator password.
- Then hit Return.
- You will get “indexing enabled” message on screen.
Then type in exit. Press return.
It will re-index search results in Spotlight.
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