Missing/Reappearing Finder “More Info” Metadata

Sometimes my Finder’s “More Info” section of metadata goes rogue. When I notice that it’s missing—when Hazel throws an error because “where from” is empty for a downloaded file, for example—I reboot my Mac and after a while, the metadata magically reappears.

I’m running macOS Monterey 12.2.1 on a iMac (Late 2015).

See screenshots below.

Does anyone have any idea why “More Info” goes missing? It is really annoying.

Thank you for reading.

The “More Info” metadata is missing

But after a reboot and waiting less than an hour

That feels like a Spotlight issue to me. Perhaps force it to refresh by dragging your entire drive into System Preferences > Spotlight > Privacy, and then deleting it again. I don’t know if you have to wait a certain amount of time, close and reopen System Preferences, or restart while it’s in there to ensure that Spotlight deletes its index.

I don’t know if you have to wait a certain amount of time, close and reopen System Preferences, or restart while it’s in there to ensure that Spotlight deletes its index.

Thank you for your suggestion. I will give it a try.

According to Step 5 of this Apple Support article, I just need to “Quit System Preferences” (after adding/deleting the drive) to trigger the rebuild; there is no need for a restart.

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