[Solved] Spotlight search for keywords

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[Solved] Spotlight search for keywords

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I am using a library of family photos where I have typed in the IPTC KEYWORD field initials for individuals.
Spotlight searches work for many relatives, but for my son JPE it returns all of the "JPEG" images. I tried all of the advanced techniques suggested in Apple's Help site, but nothing works. How do I limit the search to just IPTC Keywords?
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Re: Spotlight search for keywords

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Please use the following approach for a more complex search:

1) Enter something into the Search field
2) Click onto + to show more options
3) Clear the Search field
4) Select the search area i.e. Keywords
5) Select the compare option i.e. contains
6) Enter the text which should be searched
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Re: [Solved] Spotlight search for keywords

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Thanks. Best help ever since I started using Macs in 1984.
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Re: [Solved] Spotlight search for keywords

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Hello -- I followed these steps exactly so that I could search the picture files in my browser for keywords that I entered into the IPTC tab for Keywords. The search string was All > Keywords > Contains > *keyword*. However, when I set up this string and click the Done button no items are found (the browser window is empty), even though I verified that several of the pictures contain the particular keyword. Do you have any suggestions of what I am doing wrong or that I neglected to do?
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Re: [Solved] Spotlight search for keywords

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Please e-mail a screenshot of your entered values.
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Re: [Solved] Spotlight search for keywords

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Here are three screenshots:
1. IPTC window showing entered keywords.
2. Complex search entries.
3. After pressing Done and no items found.
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Re: [Solved] Spotlight search for keywords

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Hi,

does your external disk have a Spotlight index?

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Re: [Solved] Spotlight search for keywords

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How do I determine this?
I do know that I can search my external drive -- see attachment Search1.
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Re: [Solved] Spotlight search for keywords

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Thorsten,

Based on the question you asked me, I copied a few pictures to a folder on my internal hard drive and performed the keyword search. It works. I still have a few questions:

1) How do I get the keyword search to work similarly on my external drive?

2) I noticed that when I copied the pictures to my internal drive, I lost my ability to edit the IPTC information. That is, nothing happens when I click on the Edit IPTC button, or when I right-click and go through the edit pop-up menu. Why is this?

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Re: [Solved] Spotlight search for keywords

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Hi Phil,

1) Simple enable spotlight for the drive.

2) That works here. Please e-mail the image zipped to our support.
Is there any error message?

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