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Cure for Microsoft Office files not showing in Spotlight Apps
Some time ago, after installing a Microsoft Office 2008 service pack update, I noticed that many of my Excel documents were no longer indexed as part of the Spotlight database; Spotlight search results for obviously-known content was coming up empty.

I traced the problem to the fact that I still had Microsoft Office 2004 installed (because I need macro capability), and the old PowerPC version of Microsoft Office.mdimporter was sitting in my ~/Library/Spotlight folder. Many mdworker console messages were indicating that only a PowerPC importer plug-in was found, thus many Office documents weren't getting indexed. This was happening even though I also have the Intel version of Microsoft Office.mdimporter in my system-level Library.

The solution was to trash the PowerPC version of this file, and trash the /.Spotlight-V100 file, which forced a total re-indexing. The system then used the Intel version of the Spotlight importer, and all my Office documents are once again indexed.
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Cure for Microsoft Office files not showing in Spotlight
Authored by: olivermomo on Oct 20, '09 09:06:55AM

Microsoft Office installs its Spotlight plug-ins in /Library/Spotlight by default, not ~/Library/Spotlight as mentioned in the hint above.



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Cure for Microsoft Office files not showing in Spotlight
Authored by: nikgibson on Oct 20, '09 02:48:19PM

My issue was I couldn't apply service pack 2 to Office 2008 as it reported not being able to find the application. As I didn't choose the option to remove an earlier version of Office when i installed it I thought this may be the problem so I trashed the earlier version but still had the same issue. This tip sorted that out. Thank you



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