Spotlight Never Index Format
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METADATA_NEVER_INDEX file extension is associated with hidden command files that are a part of Mac OS X system environment. Files of this type are used for denying Spotlight application indexing of selected folders, files or volumes on the hard drive. METADATA_NEVER_INDEX file contains information communicating the tool not to index certain elements – hence the part ‘never index’ in the name of the file extension.


METADATA_NEVER_INDEX files can be found on flash drives, iPods, and other types of volume. These files prevent automatic indexing of folder contents each time the device is connected to the computer. METADATA_NEVER_INDEX are saved in the main folder of the volume or, in the case of Apple computers running iOS operating system, in the ‘root’ folder. Deleting METADATA_NEVER_INDEX file allows Spotlight application to index folder or volume where the file was stored.

Programs that support METADATA_NEVER_INDEX file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the METADATA_NEVER_INDEX file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the METADATA_NEVER_INDEX file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the METADATA_NEVER_INDEX file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the METADATA_NEVER_INDEX file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the METADATA_NEVER_INDEX file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the METADATA_NEVER_INDEX file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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