A fix for Apple Mail’s inability to search Entire Message

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When using Apple Mail, you should be able to search for a term in From, To, Subject, & Entire Message. However, today I could no longer search Entire Message. It was grayed out & completely unavailable.

I found interesting info on the following pages, with the last being the most helpful:

  • http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=6653445#6653445
  • http://www.bronzefinger.com/archives/2006/04/apple_mail_sear.html
  • http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=5934412#5934412
  • http://forums.macworld.com/message/425508
  • http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20080201111317585

I closed Mail and tried this, which re-indexes the entire hard drive in Spotlight:

sudo mdutil -E /

But it did nothing. Then I did this, which re-indexes just the Mail folders in Spotlight:

mdimport ~/Library/Mail

That fixed it.