Spotlight no longer sees anything. I select any folder on my desktop, or in other folders, and spotlight does not find them, or display them.

It simply says, NO RESULTS.
This symptom emerged prior to my before making a USB stick bootable startup disk.
I assume they are unrelated.
Can I reinstall SPOTLIGHT ?

Reinstall? No. Reset? Yes.

System preferences > Spotlight > Privacy

Drag your hard drive into the "Prevent Spotlight from searching these locations" pane.

That wipes out Spotlights index on your hard drive. Reboot.

Go to the same spot and remove your hard drive from the Privacy Pane.

Here is an article on it:  

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I can comfortably answer most basic/advanced questions regarding Macintosh hardware and software - nowadays only OSX. In fact, if it's prior to 10.3, there's a good chance I'll reject your question. Forget OS9 stuff - Igave up OS 9 ten years ago). Please do not ask me about OS9. My particular specialties are in Video editing/DVD authoring. I am a certified trainer in the "pro apps" (Final Cut, DVDSP, Soundtrack, Motion). I have been using Macs since 1985.


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