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Index For Mac
That's not to say its core function is infallible, however. If Spotlight can't find files that you know exist on your Mac, or if it stops prioritizing results based on your earlier searches, then it's probably a sign that your system's search index is damaged somehow.
If you're experiencing odd behavior when using Spotlight, you should try rebuilding its search database index. There are Terminal commands that will do the job, but you can achieve the same result via the regular macOS user interface in just a few quick steps. Here's how.
Once you've completed these steps, Spotlight will begin reindexing the contents of the folder(s) or disk(s) you chose, which may take some time and a few processor cycles. Depending on which version of macOS you're running, you may see a rebuild progress indicator in Spotlight's menu bar item. With a bit of luck, your Spotlight problems will have been resolved once indexing is complete.
You can also perform a system-wide re-index of the Spotlight database, among many other optimizations, using Titanium Software's free Onyx utility, which is available for all recent versions of macOS.
If you recently created a new Outlook Profile in Outlook 2016 for Mac, or a new Identity in Outlook for Mac 2011, added a new account, or if you recently imported new data from a source such as a PST or OLM file, Spotlight indexing may not be complete. In this case, Outlook for Mac displays a "No Results" message. To resolve this issue, wait for indexing to finish, and then search again.
Verify in Mac OS that the Outlook Profile or Identity folder or one of its parent folders is not added to the Privacy tab in Spotlight. If your Outlook 2016 for Mac Profiles folder, or your Outlook for Mac 2011 Identity folder, or any of their parent folders are displayed in this tab, Spotlight does not index this folder location. Remove these locations from the Privacy tab in Spotlight, and allow for time for these locations to finish indexing.
In the Terminal, reindex your Outlook database by using the following command and substituting your own user name for the placeholder:mdimport -g "/Applications/Microsoft Outlook.app/Contents/Library/Spotlight/Microsoft Outlook Spotlight Importer.mdimporter" -d1 "/Users//Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/Outlook/Outlook 15 Profiles/" Note In this command, the path after "-g" is the default path of the Outlook installation. The path after "-d1" is the default path of your profile, where is, by default Main Profile." You'll have to substitute your actual paths if you have renamed your profile or installed Outlook in a different location.
Think of the Privacy tab as an exclusion list, anything appearing in this list indicates that it is now excluded from the Mac OS X search function. This makes it really easy to prevent a hard drive from being indexed by Spotlight, because to exclude the entire drive you just have to add it to the list as shown here:
You can turn indexing back on for any volume or folder in the Privacy list by selecting the volume and using the Remove (-) button. Once removed from the Privacy list, indexing will start for the item you selected.
The Terminal app, located at /Applications/Utilities, offers a number of commands specific to Spotlight, including mdutil, a utility for managing the Spotlight index function. The mdutil utility manages the metadata stores used by Spotlight and allows you to turn indexing on or off, erase existing metadata storage files, remove local cache indices of network stores, and a few other useful tasks.
Tip: Instead of typing out the path to the volume, you can drag the volume into Terminal, and the pathname will be added to the command. For example, if I wanted to turn indexing off for my Tardis volume, I would enter sudo mdutil -I off into Terminal, and then drag the Tardis volume into Terminal. The result would be the completed command of sudo mdutil -i off /Volumes/Tardis.
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