I am observing the same thing on OS 10.8.4. I never do it this way, so I thought I would try it. I have no fix, but I observe the same problem.
Thanks Michael for acknowledging I am not the only one.
Here are some screen shots showing the problem. This first one shows before I do the search in the "Business Card Folder"
This shows the results of the search. Notice that it does not find "ACP" in the folder that contains several files with the term "ACP" in the file name.
I am only having the problem with my Macbook Pro run 10.8.4. I am not having this problem on my iMac which is also running 10.8.4. I think there is something in the OS that has gotten corrupted. I am tempted to delete my spotlight plist file to see if that helps.
I also have 10.8.4 on both my MacBook Pro and my iMac. I just tested and the feature works fine on both computers for both "On My Mac" and the currently selected folder. Both computers are running InDesign 9.1 (latest update).
If there's anything you want me to test, let me know.
InDesign can't directly OPEN a PDF file, You can PLACE a PDF into an InDesign document, but not directly open a pdf (there are some 3rd party plugins that allow you to convert a PDF to an InDesign document, but that is not the issue here)
In both screen shots, the Enable option is set to "All Readable Documents."
InDesign can't read PDFs so that is why all the PDFs are grayed out and unselectable.
If you had changed the Enable option to "All Documents" the PDFs would no longer appear grayed out, But they would still not open because PDF is not directly "Readable" .
InDesign by default can only open other INDD or INDT (template) documents, taking into account that InDesign cannot read InDesign documents that are produced in a newer version than what you are yourself using.
Now if you have trouble opening or searching for InDesign document in a folder that actually contain InDesign docs, then there is an issue. But your screen shots only show PDFs not InDesign documents, so this is expected behavior.
External documents in certain file formats can be PLACED into a IND document, but you do this with the PLACE command in the File menu, NOT by using the OPEN A FILE command from the file menu
I am not trying to open up a pdf in InDesign. I do that is Adobe Illustrator. I am just trying to open up an InDesign Document(.indd) in InDesign.
The problem is nothing is showing up in my search. In my example I type in the term "ACP" and I know there are file names(both pdfs and InDesign) with the term "ACP" in them and they are not showing up in the search. In fact nothing is showing up in the search.
I am familiar with reason why some documents are grayed out .
My real problem is that nothing is showing up in the search, like is does work in my non-Adobe applications.
Was there ever a solution found for this? I'm having the exact same problem!
Have you tried restoring InDesign's preferences?
Have you tried running InDesign from another user?
Have you tried holding down the Shift key when turning on your computer to disable third-party utilities which may be interfering with InDesign?
I'm sure this is some kind of a bug that is Indesign-related. Am having this problem too, on my iMac with Mavericks 10.9.4. Only when trying to open a document (INDD) from within Indesign CS 6, now also CC 2014. Startup ID, COMM-Open, then directly to search field, type in a name and nothing shows up, when typing only one letter only a few docs show up. I have a work around though!
File -> Open Dialog box. Then, before doing anything else, change 'All readable documents' into 'All documents'. Only then you start typing (part of) the name of the doc you want to find and everything that contains this name shows up. At least on my system. Unfortunately, when you then change 'All documents' back into 'All readable documents', Indesign will still show all found documents, not only the Indesign docs ...
Before anyone starts to ask, I have restored prefs (COMM-ALT-CONTR-Shift). This problem exists only when opening, not when placing. And, as mentioned, when typing only one letter Indesign finds something on my Mac, check out the screenshot
Hope this also is helpful to our bug-fixers!
Kind regards, Tom
And I'm still having no problems with Mavericks (Mac OS X 10.9.4). There's some subtlety to this bug because it doesn't happen for everyone. Which is probably which it's difficult to figure out.
I have had the exact same problem for a couple of months (since I got my new Mac Pro). Upgrading to Yosemite didn't solve it either.
I was able to solve it though by re indexing the drive. Follow the instructions here: Spotlight: How to re-index folders or volumes
Hope it solves your problem too.
I have this exact problem as well, using Indesign Creative Cloud, on my 2013 mac pro, using yosemite
And, as I've indicated before, it doesn't happen to everyone. I'm now on Yosemite on two computers, and have no problems in InDesign CC 2014.1 doing a spotlight search in the File > Open dialog.
That worked for me. Thanks!
File search in InDesign CC and before that in 6 has NEVER worked for me. I gave up long ago, and just go to the Finder and open files there. I just tried it again, and is still does not work.
Thanks for the quick reply!
Happy to try that. Are you saying that you could find the file through a normal Spotlight search, but not in InDesign. And after re-indexing Spotlight, you COULD find the files in InDesign?!
Yes, that is the exact same problem I had.
Yep, I've had the same problem for quite some time (Mac 10.11.1). An Open dialogue search in InDesign turns up nothing, while the same search in the Finder turns up what I'm looking for. As tomlamers stated, Open's search works more often if I select All Documents instead of Readable Documents, although it is painfully slow.
I'm going to try the index idea.
I did the index strategy, and that worked, for the most part. Thank you randomtask1 for that suggestion. For anyone who does this, bear in mind that indexing takes a long time, in the neighborhood of 2-6 hours depending on your machine, and while it's re-indexing it limits search functionality in just about every app. So beware if you do this in the middle of the work day.
Re-indexing improved InDesign's Open dialogue search but not completely. With the window open, if I search for something that I know exists with "All Readable Documents" selected, I get nothing. If I choose "All Documents" I get search results as expected. If I start with "All Readable" and then switch to "All Documents," I still get nothing. If I start with "All Documents", get my search results, then switch to "All Readable Documents" the search results remain but the non-readable documents will gray out, as expected.
What the indexing did was allow the search function to work at all (it always got no results previously, even though Spotlight could find the file) although it's still working in a wonky fashion. Apparently this wonkyness doesn't happen to everyone, but for some of us it's persistent. I have no idea what causes it or why it happens to some and not to others.
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