“Treat” Spotlight from constant disk indexation

Spotlight is a built.in search engine that allows you to find almost everything that you use under your account. For this, Spotlight indexes all carriers connected to your poppy. In some cases, the Spotlight menu constantly displays a string of progress indicating that the system indexes a hard drive. In this case, in the Activity Monitor window, you can find the processes “MDS” and “MD-Worker”, which use a large number of CPU resources. Spotlight can re.index the hard drive after large system updates, recovery from a backup or after critical errors, such as Kernel Panic or freezes eliminated by forced rebooting. These are standard cases in which indexation should be launched and, since this is a rather long process, can take several hours. However, if you find the increased activity of the MDS and MD-Worker processes and the constantly conducted indexation, then you should pay attention to this problem.

First, try cleaning SpotLight indices manually. There are two ways to do it.

List of Privacy Spotlight.

Select Spotlight in system settings and open the Confidentiality tab. Then drag all your carriers on the list and immediately remove them from it. This will force the system to remove the media indexation and then create it, after removing these carriers from the list.

For Spotlight there are several teams in the terminal that can be used to delete and re.conduct indexing your system. To do this, open the terminal and consistently enter three commands:

The first team will delete indexation of all volumes in the system, the second will turn off the indexation function, and the third will turn it on back. Wait until the process is completed and check if the problem remains.

It should be noted that the disk indexation is a long.term process and can take several hours, and whether the problem cannot be solved before the process is completed.

If the methods described above did not give a positive result, then it is worth checking a hard drive. File system errors can cause problems with access to data and their processing, which, in turn, can force Spotlight to constantly index. Check if you have a complete backup copy of your system (if not, be sure to create it), and then use the disk utility to check and fix the disks.

  • Launch a disc utility.
  • With a closed key ⌘command, select all discs connected to your computer.
  • In the first aid tab, click check the disk

If errors are detected during the verification process, click correct the disk. If the error arises on the loading section, then it is worth fixing it by loading from the recovery section. To boot from the recovery section, turn off the computer, and then turn it on by clamping the key combination ⌘command r.

Drag the elements of the control center on the menu panel.

The control center is a fantastic addition, but you do not need to constantly raise it. If there is a certain control element to which you want to quickly gain access, just drag it from the control center to the menu line. Then he must stay there.

In addition, you can choose the parameter “Settings of notifications” for more detailed notifications management.

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Rapid change in widget size.

The notification center also has the same processed widgets as in iOS 14 and iPados 14. They lack interactivity (for example, the “calculator” widget has a deep connection only with the “calculator” application), but most of them compensate for the detail.

In addition, the size of most widgets in the MacOS Big Sur can be changed, which allows you to quickly switch between different levels of detail. Just click the widget with the right mouse button and select any of the available sizes (small. medium or large).

Check the use of CP in Activity Monitor for applications, processes, etc. D.

If the Mac seems slow or sluggish, one of the ways to find the culprit is to check the Activity Monitor for the presence of processes that use a slowdown. This is somewhat advanced to act, but it is enough just to notice that it can be useful.

Open the Activity Monitor, opening Spotlight (Command Plaster) and typing Activity Monitor, and then by pressing the return key.

After the opening of the activity monitor, select the CPO tab to sort processes on the percentage use of CPU. this mainly shows what processes or applications on the MAC consume the processor as percentage of affordable resources of the CPU. If you see that something is very loading the processor, this is probably the cause of your slowdown.

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For example, if you see a system process, such as “MDS” or “MDS_STORES”, using a heavy processor, is probably because SpotLight reinders the disk, and the previous expectation advice should solve this problem.

Another example of its own process using the CPU is WindowServer, and if you see that it uses a lot of CP (as shown in the screen of the screen with 68%), then you can have too many open windows or applications open to the MAC, and / or things such as the transparency of the windows and visual effects can slow down the display of open applications and windows, since each fashionable visual effect requires systemic resources for visualization and a beautiful look. Soon we will consider in more detail the aspect of the visual effects of slowing down the system, but the first thing you can try is to close the windows or applications.

MacOS Big Sur’s New Control Center Feature

Of course, many applications use a heavy processor to perform tasks, and this will slow down the work of Mac. For example, if you export the film project from Imovie, and it uses a heavy processor, and the Mac works very slowly, this is normal and this should be expected, so let Imovie complete the task.

Often you can see that third.party applications also use a heavy processor, and they can be closed manually or check directly by going into this open application and looking at what it does. Sometimes updating these applications can solve the problem or close them.

If it is convenient for you, you can use the function of forced completion of the MAC application or even completely delete or delete applications that do not work as expected. Just make sure that you have not completed the forcibly random tasks in which you are not sure, since you can cause problems with the Mac, lose data before they are saved, or get out of the system, or cause other problems that will require rebooting.

Think about your messages

If you use the MAC “Message” application to communicate with people, and if you send and get a lot of videos, stickers, animated GIF files and other similar things, you may notice that Mac is slowing down when these active conversations are open on Mac.

You may notice that animated GIF files can be especially slow, since they are constantly played on the screen.

However, there is no need to delete or delete messages, all that you need to do is wait until the animated GIF moves from the screen, or choose a different branch of the chat of messages, which will lead to the animated GIF to stop constantly playing.

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Using the aforementioned Activity Monitor trick, you can notice this directly; If you have a chain of messages with a large number of animated GIF files and you open the Activity Monitor, do not be surprised to see “messages” using some processor.

Correction 5: Turning off and re.turning on a computer

The power turning cycle is a forced restart of your computer. Disconnecting and turning off the power can fix a number of failures and errors, as well as fix the hung program or application, for example Finder.

To turn off and turn on the MacBook again, follow the following actions:

  • Hold the power button on MacBook until it turns off.
  • Continue to hold the power button and disconnect power cables
  • Hold another 10 seconds
  • Reload the computer

Setting the menu panel

In the same section of system settings, the Doca options will be settings of the menu panel.

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In the menu on the left, you can choose options that are displayed only in the menu panel. Among them is a watch, search for Spotlight, Siri and Time Machine. The last three can simply be added to the menu panel, and the clock can be configured.

You can display the date along with time, select the type of watch, and also enable the function of the announcement of the time.

The remaining elements from the menu on the left can also be added to the menu panel. Just choose anyone and put a checkmark next to “Show in the menu panel”.

You can still pull the icons from the menu panel to remove them. Pick up the Command key on the keyboard and pull out the icon from the menu panel.

In addition, now the icons on the menu panel can also be added from the control point.

Open the control point using the icon on the menu panel. Squeeze any icon and pull it to the menu panel. Everything is simple!

To change the position of the icons on the menu panel, click the Command key and change them.

We hope this instruction was useful to you, and you were able to configure the MacOS Big Sur is ideal for yourself.

17 December

You might think that after all these years, Apple will integrate something in Finder to cope with this. People using USB-disks or SD cards to play media files on their cars or other devices still remain a very common problem.

Nevertheless, the developers filled the void with numerous approved Apple applications. Applications listed in previous answers could be good at that time, but they were not supported to work with modern versions of MacOS.

I would also be a little careful with the installation of what will fully control the file system written by unidentified developers. One thing is not to wish to deal with the App Store, but completely different. Do not register in Apple as a developer. over, some of the AppStore has passed at least the minimum Apple audit and can be removed from your computer as easily as installed.

Therefore, whenever you read this “answer”, he advises you to look for something fresh, proven and free in the App Store.

Tl; DR:

My choice is December 20, 2017. CleanMydrive 2 from App Store. Solves the problem, excellent intese, completely free. (Offers intra.game purchases of user icons. Otherwise, everything works for free.)

Tomorrow there may be something better, but the bottom line is that the App Store has free and simple solutions to the original, but constant JG-Faustus question, asked here so many years ago. The question that I had today.

Therefore, I apologize if it is more like a pompous speech than the answer, but in fact all previous answers were outdated and did not lead to a useful decision. If you do not say anything, this will lead to the fact that many people will spend time playing with the terminal or installing dubious applications. Just go to the App Store. You don’t need to pay.

How to disable Spotlight?

He uses a lot of resources, and I never use it, so I want to turn it off.

The only function that I can save is the icon in the status line that allows me to launch applications. The main function that I want to disable. This is an indexation of each file on my hard drive. I never use Spotlight to access files, I use it only to launch applications.

Are there any risks in its disconnection? Is there a recommended way to turn off in Apple?

No offense, but this is almost the same as asking: “I think that the right light in Mac OS X is an empty waste of resources, how is it safe to delete it?”You better not do this. 🙂

Even if you do not use Spotlight directly, it is used by the constantly growing list of components of Mac OS X. Things such as Mac App Store, Time Machine, Mail. Even if you do not use it indirectly right now, you will be in the future. And the cost of resources is simply not so high: I think that it uses about 5% of your hard drive and correctly indexes to avoid problems. If you turn it off, you will probably find that amazing things will not work in thin ways, and you really will not get anything from this.

@ Stevenfisher: aaa, I see. I did not know that these applications use Spotlight for curtains. thanks for the info!

If Spotlight is the “right light” OS X, then OS X should be an avid smoker. The spotlight is often useless, it cannot find files when I am looking for an accurate file name!

To turn off, open the terminal and run

This disconnects Launch Daemon, which starts and continues to work. You can also start:

But when searching on the Internet in several places, this can lead to an error like “Spotlight server”

If you turn it off, it will continue to use the old cache or will not work at all. Therefore, the launch of the applications that you mention will no longer work. It can also disrupt other functions associated with the OS, such as the Mac App Store (to find out what is installed and t. D.) And launchpad.

If you still need an application launch module, you can use applications such as Launchbar and Quicksilver.

After viewing your update (especially how to stop its indexing), there are two things that need to be checked:


If you are not installed by Xcode, you will not see the “Developer” category on the SPOTLIGHT settings panel. Search results will appear in searching for Spotlight, but they cannot be disconnected.

This is, it seems, the result of the error in Mac OS X. We are faced with this error as in OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and in 10.11 El Capitan. It could also be a problem in previous versions.

If you have ever installed Xcode, Spotlight will suggest that you are a “developer” and will continue to show you the results of the developer’s search even after the XCode deletion. However, the Spotlight settings panel seem to shows only the “developer” category if the XCode is currently installed. This is usually impossible to disable if you have not installed xcode.

If you have not installed xcode

Fortunately, there is a quick bypass path that you can use if you do not want to reinstall Xcode. Of course, reinstalling Xcode will also work, but you will have to leave XCode installed.

We just need to deceive Spotlight, making him think that you have an Xcode installed. To do this, open the terminal window. Click Ctrl space, enter the terminal and click Enter to open the terminal window from Spotlight. You can also open the Finder window, press the “applications” on the side panel, double.click the “utility” folder, and then double.click on the terminal label.

Enter the following two commands in the terminal window, pressing Enter after each to run them:

This will create an empty file named Xcode.App in the “Appendix” folder. He does not take up space and does nothing. You will see him in the “Appendix” folder, although you will not be able to launch or do anything with it.

Now you can open the SpotLight panel again in system settings. If you have a file named Xcode.App, he will show you the Developer flag, and you can remove it by deleting the results of searching for the developer from your search for Spotlight.

Do not delete an empty xcode file.App later. you need to leave it there. If you open the SpotLight settings panel again after removing Xcode.App, it seems you will turn on the search for the developer in Spotlight again.

Thanks to Sansa comedian from Stack Exchange for clarifying this decision. The work of this person was invaluable when we ourselves came across a problem.

I hope Apple will correct this problem in the future. But so far people who have previously installed Xcode will need to leave the Xcode file.App in the Application folder if they do not want to see the results of the developer’s search in Spotlight.

The first fabric of the tar in Mac OS X

You probably noticed that lately on the blog I have posted articles on exclusively apple products. Recently shared the first impressions of work in Mac OS X. It’s time to continue the topic that has begun. I believe this article will interest the newly made owners of Mac computers and those who, like me, changed Windows to Mac OS X. The latter are called “sweaters”. Well, what’s the same sweaters, so the sweaters.

Having climbed through all kinds of forums, he came to the conclusion that among the owners of the MAC there are not many competent techies who are seriously versed in the internal device Mac OS. In any case, the Russian.speaking community in this regard is quite scarce at the moment. I noticed that on Apple sites are a continuous copy-paste and toy reviews from the category of “nothing”, there is rarely something really interesting. Apparently it is worth switching attention to the side.

But in many things you will have to understand myself and, if possible, the results of my digging will the pages of the blog. Let’s start.

Wean Mac OS leave your tracks on Windows resources

.Ds_store.TRASHES.Appledouble.Spotlight-V100. These files and catalogs are probably familiar to all the make.ups. But why is all this rubbish on a USB flash drive or network resource, especially if Windows users go there. I admit, when it was first “happy” with such outrages, stuck his flash drive in Mas, the first thing was that these were the next viruses (until that time I had never encountered Mac OS).

And what else should an inveterate Winduzyan think? After all, you did not order it. In fact, there is nothing to worry about (well, if you do not take into account that it is not always possible to easily and just clean the flash drive).

These files store additional attributes of the HFS file system. the positions of the windows, the sizes of the icons, the contents of the fields of the Комментарии и мнения владельцев and the opinions of the owners, etc.D. But on removable media and network discs, such system arbitrariness is really annoying.

It was decided to disconnect this case. And here the first ambush awaits us. This simply does not! Rather, this is not provided for in the graphic part, no switches and something like that.

But there is a problem, and we must fight it. The Internet offers several options for solving this problem: adding to the defense utility (when you turn off the device) a script to delete these “gift” files OS, the use of specialized third.party utilities, a change in the system from the terminal.

The religion somehow does not allow me to add a script to a systemic utility. This is akin to the attachment of crutches. You need to look for the cause, and not fight the consequences.

In general, I found how to disable Spotlightspotlight-V100 so far (I am still unnecessarily necessary for me) and prohibit writing “garbage” (.Ds_store) on network discs. To do this, we need the terminal (is in utilities if anyone does not know).

Sudo Launchctl Unload.W/System/Library/Launchdaemons/Com.Apple.Metadata.MDS.PLIST

Accordingly, to enable Spotlight again, you need to execute the back command:

Sudo Launchctl Load.W/System/Library/Launchdaemons/Com.Apple.Metadata.MDS.PLIST

As you can see, both teams are executed on behalf of the Root SuperPoller (for UNIX Oids, the SUDO team will not be new). Do not forget to restart the system for applying changes.

Disconnect.Ds_store. For their creation liability is Finder. As already wrote earlier.Ds_store is used to store metadata about folders and files.

Defaults Write COM.Apple.DESKTOPSERVICES DSDontWritenetworkstores True

The actions described above do not completely eliminate the problem of creating unnecessary files, so at the moment he stopped on the Blueharvest utility. Plus programs. This is the simplicity and flexibility of settings literally in a couple of clicks of the mouse, minus. This is of course payment. Torrent to help you in solving the issue of the greed of the program.

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