Indexing documents

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Indexing documents

Post by Jas7825 » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:07 am

I have a PDF document called "Senior Salesperson" in my Downloads folder.

When I type in "salesperson", it is not in the results.

This is the case for any documents on my computer.

Am I doing something wrong? Or is Launchbar not a replacement for Spotlight?

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Post by Torsten » Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:26 pm


Had the same problem. Go to the ->Index Menu in LaunchBar and click on ->Show Index. There you can add manually folders. E.g. LB didn't find any docs in my downloads folder. So I added them manually and after a re-index they're showing up in LB.



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Re: Indexing documents

Post by ludwigschubert » Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:59 pm

Jas7825 wrote:Or is Launchbar not a replacement for Spotlight?

Yes and No. LaunchBar is not supposed to replace spotlight. If you want a folder to be indexed - for example if it includes files you use regularly - you can add it manually as described above.

I use it in the way that only my folders are indexed, so I can still get to a specific folder very fast. Then I use the arrow keys to explore those folders and can search inside them by typing the first few letters of the document I'm looking for.
So, in your case, I'd probably type "doc", have my documents folder show up in LaunchBar, type right arrow and "sal" and would most likely already have the desired file. So this combination makes LaunchBar powerful. If you have no idea where your "salesperson" file could be, you can always use spotlight.

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