fbpx
(310) 621-5679 john@noproblemmac.com

Find Anything On Your Mac

by | Jan 16, 2020 | Apple macOS, Apple Tips & Tricks

Having problems finding files or emails on your Mac?

The solution is to force your Mac to re-index its entire contents.

There are two ways to do this:

Re-Index Using System Preferences:

  • Go to the black Apple in the top left-hand corner.
  • Choose System Preferences
  • Click Spotlight.
  • Choose the Privacy tab.
  • Use the + symbol in the bottom left-hand corner to locate and add “Macintosh HD”.
  • Close System Preferences.
  • Restart your Mac
  • Go to the black Apple in the top left-hand corner.
  • Choose System Preferences
  • Click Spotlight.
  • Choose the Privacy tab.
  • Click on “Macintosh HD” and use the – symbol in the bottom left-hand corner to remove it.

The Mac now re-indexes the entire machine.

I prefer a method using fewer steps.

If you are not comfortable using Terminal, use the method above.

Re-Index Using The Terminal:

  • Go to the Finder.
  • Click Applications.
  • Locate and open Terminal.
  • Copy and paste this exact command into the terminal¬†sudo mdutil -E /
  • Your Mac password is requested.
  • Type it in. You will not see any characters. Press Enter.
  • A message states “Indexing enabled”.

This works like a charm. I guarantee positive results.

If you have any comments or questions please leave a comment below and I will get back to you within a few hours.

Have a good weekend.

Give A No Problem Mac Gift Certificate

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share this post with your friends!