How to Disable/Enable Spotlight Search on macOS Big Sur/Catalina & Earlier & Indexing not Working, Re-Index

Last Updated on Nov 10, 2020

Spotlight is an easy and most popular option to find out any on your Mac running on any OS X Version. From the last many decade’s apple has been improved result in spotlight search, With customize options in the search result. Due to privacy many of mac users are not interested to show or access by an unknown person, So we have an option for Disable spotlight search on MacOS on MacBook, Mac.

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Spotlight search finds the data from Documents, Maps, iTunes, Movies, Places on Map, calculations, and general questions.

if you don’t want to turn off the spotlight for you only, then you can change the spotlight search default shortcut to own shortcut.

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Follow The Below Steps for Enable/ Disable Spotlight Search on MacOS

Step 1: Click on Apple Logo () From Top Mac Menu. > System Preference.

Mac System Preferences Option on mac

Mac System Preferences Option

Step 2: Click on the spotlight (Blue Search icon).  Spotlight option on preference

Step 3: For Turn off/ disable spotlight search on Mac OS X, Go with Keyboard shortcuts from below option. Spotlight search manage on Mac

Enable below checkbox for Show Spotlight Search for turn on Spotlight Search using pre-set Keyboard shortcuts.

Uncheck Show Spotlight search option to turn off or disable. Disable spotlight search on Mac OS X EI Capitan from settings

After turn off the spotlight search on Mac, You didn’t access through shortcut keys but launch manually. from the top menu finder icon.

Note: you can also manage spotlight search results by only enabled selected categories that are you want in search.

How to Set or Change the Shortcut for Spotlight Search on MacOS X

On Mac, Default shortcuts for launch spotlight search on-screen, Press Command() + Space bar key at once.

For change or set another shortcut keys press all the keys at once that’s you want to set there. like Right aero + Space.

default shortcut everyone has to be known, but another changed shortcut is hidden So no one case access or finds anything on your device easily through spotlight search.

Spotlight Indexing and Searching not working on MacBook Mac

Something stuck or indexing permission is not granted on your Mac. So you can re-indexing or Clear old indexing cache on your MacBook Mac using below command. Run below command on your MacBook, Mac Terminal.

  1. Go to Launchpad and Search Terminal and Open it.

    Start Terminal on macbook

    Start Terminal on MacBook

  2. Now, Copy this command any past in terminal, then Hit return button to run.
    locate .metadata_never_index
    Clean Spotlight Index Command

    Clean Spotlight Index Command

  3. You will see below warming message [ignore this message],
    Database index not working

    Database index not working

    • WARNING: The locate database (/var/db/locate.database) does not exist.

      To create the database, run the following command:

        sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

      Please be aware that the database can take some time to generate; once

      the database has been created, this message will no longer appear.

  4. Continuously run this command  & allow permission for Read/Write.
    sudo mdutil -i on /
    Allow Permission index spotlight search

    Allow Permission index spotlight search

    Enter your Mac system login password and Press return to run. You will get a return, Request indexing. after Wait for 10 to 20 minutes, you will get fixed and search quickly.

    Enable indexing

    Enable indexing

  5. That’s it.

if you have any queries on how to Enable/ Turn off/ Disable spotlight search on the latest macOS like MacOS Catalina, OS X EI Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks then share on the comment box.

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