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I've been using it for years Parallels Desktopbecause my accounting program only runs on Windows. But what has been annoying me more and more recently: Search results from Windows or from the virtual machine (VM) kept appearing in my Spotlight search under macOS (High Sierra). Basically not tragic, but if, like me, you often start programs via Spotlight, for example by pressing cmd + space bar for Spotlight and then only typing the first three letters of the program name, you often end up with programs that run under Windows.
This often happens on the computer. I type "REC" and then Return, because the Spotlight calculator app has usually already been selected. Recently, however, the Windows calculator app is in the first place in Spotlight (for whatever reason) and when you start it, the VM starts up with Parallels and then the Windows calculator app starts. A very time-consuming mistake that has elicited a moderate tantrum several times.
The problem with the Windows programs in the Spotlight search Fortunately, macOS can be fixed with just a few mouse clicks. I'm now annoyed that I didn't do this sooner because it's so easy.
Here are the instructions for you:
It may be that you have to recreate the Spotlight index again. This works by including the start volume briefly in this list with the folders that should not be indexed and then removing it again immediately.
In my case, no reindexing was necessary and the index was cleaned up immediately. A test search via Spotlight no longer produced any results from the Windows VM.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.