Opening METADATA_NEVER_INDEX files

Did your computer fail to open a METADATA_NEVER_INDEX file? We explain what METADATA_NEVER_INDEX files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your METADATA_NEVER_INDEX files.

What is a METADATA_NEVER_INDEX file?

Files that contain the .metadata_never_index file extension are hidden files that have been created within an Apple device to prevent Spotlight (a built-in search tool on Apple computers) from indexing a file, folder or partition. For example, if there is a particular file, folder or partition on a user's hard drive that the user does not want Spotlight to index, the user must create a .metadata_never_index file to protect that information.

If the .metadata_never_index file is removed after it has been created, the information that the file was protecting from the Spotlight utility may then be indexed by the Spotlight program.

Software that will open, convert or fix METADATA_NEVER_INDEX files

Unfortunately we have not received enough suggestions for software that can open METADATA_NEVER_INDEX files yet.

Try a universal file viewer

I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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