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Spotlight and Search function of Dropbox can't search contents in Numbers file.

Spotlight and Search function of Dropbox can't search contents in Numbers file.

kenny100
New member | Level 2

Hi, 

Spotlight and Search function of Dropbox doesn't seem to be working fine.

They can't search contents in Numbers file.

For example, one of my Numbers files has "123-4567" content located in Drop box folder. 

If we tried to search "123-4567" through Spotlight or Search function of Dropbox app on Mac we can get nothing for it. 

It is very odd. Once we open and close that file that has "123-4567" they can be found through spotlight and dropbox. But if you reboot your Mac it can't be found. 

It is very serious problem for us. Please check this problem and give us solution.

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Re: Spotlight and Search function of Dropbox can't search contents in Numbers file.

Mark
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Dropbox shouldnt be altering spotlight at all - as it has no way of doing so, its an Apple feature.

Does the same happen to files outside of the Dropbox folder or if Dropbox is not running?


 


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Re: Spotlight and Search function of Dropbox can't search contents in Numbers file.

Mark
Super User II

Dropbox shouldnt be altering spotlight at all - as it has no way of doing so, its an Apple feature.

Does the same happen to files outside of the Dropbox folder or if Dropbox is not running?


 


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Re: Spotlight and Search function of Dropbox can't search contents in Numbers file.

robint02
New member | Level 2

I have the same problem, and suspect it may be a smart sync issue. It's possible Dropbox may have made certain files and/or folder Online Only so that Spotlight can't see them. Can someone please look into this and suggest a solution?

Re: Spotlight and Search function of Dropbox can't search contents in Numbers file.

Jay
Dropboxer

Hi @robint02, thanks for messaging the Community!

 

If the file you're trying to search is online-only, then Spotlight wouldn't be able to search it as there won't be any content in the placeholder.

 

If you're experiencing this while the file is marked as local, and has a green tick on it in Finder, please let me know!


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Re: Spotlight and Search function of Dropbox can't search contents in Numbers file.

Christopher Z.2
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I'm having the same issue since upgrading to Mac OS. 11.1. Even if I put in an exact name for a local file that is not online it won't find the file.  Outside of the Dropbox folder the search function works fine.  Another odd thing while doing the search in the Dropbox folder I get no spinning activity wheel in the bottom right corner of the finder window, as I do in a non Dropbox folder.  Any suggestions??

Re: Spotlight and Search function of Dropbox can't search contents in Numbers file.

Lusil
Dropboxer
Hi there @Christopher Z.2, thanks for nudging us here. 

Have you tried reindexing your Spotlight by any chance? Maybe that will do the trick. 

Do you also get the same behavior when you search for files using the desktop app?

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