Spotlight refuses to search my emails!
On my iMac, I can no longer use Spotlight to find a particular email or recipient. I’ve followed advice from forums and rebuilt my mailboxes, but whilst this works after the whole mailbox is rebuilt, it’s not retained; the next day the problem returns.
Has an OS X update caused the problem? Is Apple aware of and fixing the problem? Fraser Pithie
It’s hard to say whether a particular update caused this, because searches that find ‘the wrong things or nothing at all’ is one of those evergreen symptoms. Mostly this is caused by corrupted search indexes, hence rebuilding the index is a pretty good fix to start with.
If the Rebuild menu option in Mail isn’t enough, try rebuilding the whole Spotlight index. Open System Preferences > Spotlight and click the Privacy tab. Click the ‘+’ button and add Macintosh HD to the list of locations that Spotlight won’t search.
This causes OS X to discard its index for that drive. Now select Macintosh HD in the list and click the’ –’ button. Spotlight will recreate the index from scratch.
If you click the magnifying glass icon on the menu bar, you’ll see its progress. This can take a long time to complete, but hopefully it will avoid whatever database glitch was causing your Mail search index to stop updating.
Rebuilding Spotlight’s index is a good step if searches fail to find what you expect.