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Issue with Spotlight Search Not Locating Installed Applications

Are you a searcher or a browser when it comes to opening files and applications on your laptop? Me, I’m a searcher and when a search in Spotlight for “Evernote” returned no results, even though the application was installed, I thought it was the end of the world. The anxiety I experienced was almost unbearable, I had to find a solution or else the world would cease to operate. Ok, maybe I’m over-reacting a bit here, but still, why in the heck were applications installed on my MacBook not showing up in the Spotlight search results.

I didn’t get an answer on the “why” it wasn’t working, but figured out the “how” to fix it. To fix it, I simply had Spotlight re-index the application folder. To re-index a folder(s) do the following:

  1. Go to “System Preferences”
  2. Click “Spotlight”
  3. Click the “Privacy” tab
  4. Drag a folder or an entire volume (your hard drive) to the list (or you can click the plus (“+”) button and select your folder).
  5. Remove the item or volume you just added to the list by clicking it and then clicking the minus (“-“) button. Yes, you have to remove the folder you just added for some reason to trigger the re-index.
  6. Close Spotlight preferences

Within a couple of minutes, all my applications started showing up again when I searched.

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