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Dealing With Big Sur Spotlight Previews and Other Problems
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Thank you. I was wondering where the preview went. The time it saves appears to of little consequence to me.
The Tab key doesn't bring up the preview as described in the video on my MacBook Pro. Tab does absolutely nothing. Please advise. Thanks!
Disregard the tab issue I previously mentioned - I discovered it depends on what the search is whether it works (which I found it does most of the time).
Thanks for your time and your videos :)
Good "rant" Gary. I had not yet found the tab solution. I had instead switched to using the FindAnyFile.app, shareware available on the App Store, which is a bit slower but much more comprehensive in its results than Spotlight.
There ought to be a huge sign over the entrance to the Apple campus: IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT!
Gina: If you just want to find files, then skip the Spotlight windows and do what I suggest in the video and go right to a file search. Then you don't need any odd third-party app slowing you down.
As for "If it ain't broke, don't fix it..." Wouldn't we be all still using Apple IIe computers today then? Or, more likely, Apple would have stuck with the Apple IIe, gone out of business, and we'd all be using Windows and flip phones.
Great rant, yes.
But Gary, every so often you drop such gems! I had no idea I could jump to Finder with Command Option Space. That's a winner, that one.
I guess the way I look at this "upgrade" is if I"m searching my computer, that's all I need to see. And if I need to ask the Internet, I'll open a web browser, not Spotlight. It's annoying how it tries to do everything when it used to do one thing really well before, but... no longer. But - Command Option Space! Thanks! :-)
Ever since upgrading to Big Sur, Spotlight has been broken. Apple apps show up in the results but not 3rd party apps (shocking...)... I have searched around and many are having this problem without a workable solution (aside from nuke and pave). Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.
Richard: I don't know why that would be. Have you tried re-indexing? I definitely see all my apps.
In Spotlight, when you see the Preview and press the Cmd key to see where the file is located, is there anyway to jump to the folder instead of opening the file?
Marjorie: Hold Command and double-click the file. You can also select it and Command+R, though it depends on the file type.
With Big Sur (11.1) i've noticed that spotlight noticeably lagging, at times not showing *any* results for a search.
This seems to be due to a connected HDD I have for Time Machine. When that drive sleeps, doing ⌘ Space pends until macOS wakes up that drive. Googling around, it seems like there's beaucoup problems with spotlight and Big Sur.
I haven't used Alfred for some time now. Would be interested in anyone's opinion on it.
Thank you to Robert for your comment about external HDD drives....that fixed it for me. I just use it for the Time Machine backup, so I just excluded it from the spotlight searches and bam - works like it should. Thanks again!
Gina said "IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT!" and Gary said "Wouldn’t we be all still using Apple IIe computers?"
No, we wouldn't. Improvements are welcome. New products and ideas are welcome. Ruining something that was working perfectly is not.
My attitude towards "upgrades" is that once they have something perfected (Mountain Lion and Windows 7 are two good examples), they want to come up with something new in order to keep their jobs, with no regard for quality.
Hope this is on topic.
Mr. Biker: You said "... once they have something perfected ..."
Who determines if something perfected? In your opinion Mountain Lion is "perfect?" So no iBooks for Mac, no Maps for map, no Continuity or Handoff, no iCloud Photos, only basic Notes, no Metal, no support for newer audio and video codecs, no iCloud file sharing, no Dark mode, still people complaining about a "bloated" iTunes app, etc. That's just a sample.
calculations are wrong on BigSur: For example: 8+2=10. But 8+2.5=33
Some setting must be off, but I havent changed anything at all from how my new machine arrived...
Any ideas are apreciated...Many
Carlos: My guess is that you have your language settings set to a language that uses a , as a decimal point and a . as a comma. Then 8+2.5 would be just 8+25 which would be 33.
Search is not working on pdfs in Preview
Christen: In Preview? Are you sure the PDF you are viewing as text in it? For instance, it could be an image, even if the image is of text. Try various different PDFs to see. Create your own in Pages and see.