The act of searching for data by providing keywords which are either checked directly against contents, or against a search index in order to provide relevant results.

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Search for emails from not a particular user or subject in Apple Mail

I am using Apples's Mail application for a while. I know that to search for mails from a particular user, I need to use from: abc@gmail.com But I need to search for emails that are not from a ...
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Safari Browser Bar - no longer functioning as expected [duplicate]

Please help! The search / address bar in Safari normally autocompletes my typing. So for example, I can type em and it will autocomplete for me. It has randomly stopped functioning and is now forcing ...
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Weird problems with Safari: search bar and tabs

Suddenly Safari is having weird problems: The search bar is no more searching: I can type URLs but the suggestions are not appearing and queries are not sent to Google (or any other search engine I ...
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how can I search for folders ending in certain characters in Finder?

Executing a Finder search for folders seems limited to searching for folder names beginning with the search term. I can't search for folder names only using a characters in the middle or end. I'm ...
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In Apple calendar the search function doesn't work for years 2013, 2014

I use my calendar for business planning and need data also from 2013, 2014. But since recently the calendar search function doesn't work for those years. It works only for 2015 and 2016. What can I do ...
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Is there a way to disable as-you-type search on Mac, especially in Preview?

Sometimes when typing a search term in the search bar in Preview or Spotlight the text entry locks up for a few seconds. I assume this happens because it is beginning to search on the letters I've ...
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Search imessage/text history

How do you search an imessage or text conversation? spotlight search will only search for a conversation, not within the conversation.
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Remove items from conextual menu?

I used this thread to make my own "Search with Chrome" Service. But when i right click some highlighted text in Preview.app it lists both "Search with Google" and "Search with Chrome." "Search with ...
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Mac Software to Search / Replace within a Project [duplicate]

0 down vote I haven't been able to find what I need. For me. A project is a client. Their entire html / css / js website. I need to maintain various search / replace values at a project level. ...
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Search for folders that contain filetypes

For example, how do you search for all folders that contain ".mp3" files (on OS X)?
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Search text annotations in Mac Preview

I've added text annotations to a pdf with Tools > Annotate > Text. I'd like to search the text for a specific word, like 'Todo'. Unfortunately, doing a cmd+F to search for this text doesn't ...
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Spotlight does not load mail from Outlook after upgrade from 2011 to 2016

I upgraded Outlook (whole Office) from 2011 version to 2016, and afterwards there is no results from imported mail. Only new messages get to the search results, and because Outlook is using Spotlight ...
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When I search the help system, I never get any response

My iMac is generally fast, but when I search the help system, I never get any response. The help system works fine if I simply navigate it, but search never returns anything. Any suggestions would ...
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Disable ESC key yielding list of word suggestions when pressed in Preview in OSX 10.11.2

In preview (and apparently also in other Apple apps like Keynote, although I cannot reproduce), I get the unexpected behavior of getting a list of words when pressing the escape key in an empty search ...
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Prioritise spotlight search results in El Capitan

It seems this feature has been scrapped for el capitan. I'm a designer so I want all images to appear at the top of the search results. Anyone worked out a hack for this?
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My find/replace text magically changes in Xcode

I had a project wide find/replace search all set up yesterday in my Xcode project. Today when I get back to Xcode (without restarting or touching it in any way) the search text has changed. The ...
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Change Siri Search Engine iOS 9

I'm using Siri on an iPad Pro and I've set the default search engine in Settings > Safari to Bing but when I search for something with Siri it defaults to Baidu. I know that the default search engine ...
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How do I search quickly in iTerm 2?

When searching in iTerm2, some kind of of fancy live highlighting thing seems to kick in even before you hit enter. When the scrollback buffer has more than a few thousand lines in it, this search ...
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DuckDuckGo settings in iPhone & iPad

I have DuckDuckGo installed as my default search engine in Safari on both my iPhone 6 and iPad mini 2 (both iOS 9.1). I also have it installed on my PC, but on my PC I'm able to customise the settings ...
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Making Contacts' URLs show up in Safari address bar suggestions

I'm surprised there's no option in Safari's preferences to include URLs from Contacts in suggested websites. It seems like the Search tab (pictured) would be the appropriate place for such a feature. ...
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How can I locate an iMessage from 1-2 months ago? Possible?

I am trying to find/locate iMessages from a certain day back at the beginning of October. Is this possible? Scrolling back on the history on my iMac in Messages goes back to 10/19/15 but no further. ...
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How can I search folder names from Open/Save Dialog in El Capitan?

When I switched from Windows to OS X Mavericks, it took me a few months to learn that the fastest way to open or save documents in an application was to search for the folder they should be in. Under ...
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Safari searches in the title bar require tapping “return” twice

This began when I upgraded to El Capitan. Sometimes when I search using the title bar of Safari for a google search, I have to hit the return key twice. A single return will sometimes load search ...
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No search results in the Contacts app on IOS 9

On my iPhone 6 running IOS 9.1 (release 13B143), I cannot find any results when searching in either the Contacts app or in the Contacts tab in the Phone app. I have hundreds of contacts, but no matter ...
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Access spotlight from within apps

Is there a way to access spotlight from within apps on iPhone 6 iOS 9? I expected it to be something like drag down with three fingers, but I can't find a way to do it.
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Search within specified folder gives results but within 'This Mac' gives none

I type Cmd-F and call up a search window; my search parameters are 'Name contains "xyz"'. Currently the search is limited to the current folder (~/library/preferences) and gives two results. Thinking ...
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Safari searches don't let me go back after clicking a result

I'm on Safari 9.0.1. I type searches into the address bar, which directs me to Google's search results page. I click on a result, which takes me to a non-Google page. If I decide it's not what I ...
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The mystery of lost email: why can't Mail.app find some mails in the mailbox?

I have recently upgraded to Yosemite, and eventually to El Capitan. Together with the update I decided to change my mail client from Thunderbird (which I also use on my linux machine) to Apple Mail. ...
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Is finder search supposed to work as “full text search” at all in OS X El Capitan?

Scenario: I am trying to find a picture (which is named DSC_2345.jpg) inside the Photos Library in Finder. When I type "234" (without quotes) directly in the finder search field, all the photos whose ...
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Spotlight search results priority

I noticed recently (could be caused by upgrade to 10.10.4) that Spotlight is changing order of the search results dynamically as you type and OS X installed apps have no more the highest priority (I ...
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Photos: Search all photos captured by a particular device (iPhone 5s)

Is there any way in the new Photos app to search for all images taken from a particular device? I want to export all my iPhone images out of Photos app. Currently my library has images imported from ...
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Safari search bar searches with random search engines

Most of the time, when I search something using the Safari search bar, it gives me results from Google. Sometimes however, it uses the default search engine of my ISP. How can I fix this and what are ...
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Spotlight not connecting to internet

My problem is that Spotlight shows no results from internet sources (Wikipedia, iTunes Store, etc.). I've reindexed my drive twice, cleared all the caches, and reset the NVRAM. Still not working. I ...
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How to perform something like a “reverse” spotlight content search?

Searching a solution for the question asked here: How to search LaTeX -documents in Spotlight?, I tried to find a command which reveals all content keywords associated with a certain file in the ...
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Preview sometimes loses the “done” button after a search (“find”)

Yosemite 10.10.3, preview 8.0: Some times when I have the "find" function activated, perhaps as a result of resizing the window, the find toolbar gets cut off so that I can see "Found on 38 pages" ...
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How to search LaTeX -documents in Spotlight?

I switched back to OSX 10.8.5 because Yosemite is not suitable for me. I do not see any LaTeX documents in my Spotlight search at the moment. I have minimized the searchable documents in the ...
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To give priority to .tex files in Spotlight search?

I would like to search first my notes (.tex). How can you set priority to tex -files in Spotlight search?
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Indexing a NAS volume [duplicate]

I've just bought a QNAP NAS for my Mac Pro (late 2013) running Yosemite, to replace some older direct-attached storage I'd been using previously. I'm very happy with it so far, but one thing I didn't ...
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Safari searchbox doesn't save page in the history

When I use searchbox (the same text area used for the URLs) and Google Page is loaded, after clicking on a result, if I try to undo to the previous Google Page, the undo button appears disabled. How ...
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Search images by rating with Spotlight

I and using IPTC metadata to set rating for photos. I would like use OS X Spotlight to search image by rating. I tried to create a "smart folder" in Finder with the following query (I created it with ...
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Why can't I add more options to the search in Finder?

I used to be able to click on the + next to save. After I upgraded to Yosemite, the + now became a - and I can't add exact match anymore. Any idea? Thanks
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Search for files in external storage in Finder (and if possible, Spotlight as well)

I have an external drive connected to my computer, as well as a home server. I'm trying to search for a file that is on the server, but when I do a finder search, it only looks into the internal ...
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Finder search doesn't show results [duplicate]

When I search in Finder there are no results. There are no results as I am typing, nor after pressing return. There is no loading spinner which usually appears at the bottom of the window. The ...
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Does Spotlight keep a search history?

Occasionally, I use Spotlight to quickly compute some expression because I'm too lazy to do it in my head, on paper, or fire up some program. Sometimes I would like to view the result again, but when ...
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iTunes Search for a Song X Many Minutes Long

Can I search for a song in my music library that is between x and y start and end times, respectively?
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iTunes 12 Apple Music search: is there a way to play all songs returned by search?

Using iTunes 12 on Mac. I search for an artist in Apple Music. I get results, including the artist page, albums, songs. I want to explore this artist, so I want to listen to a stream of his or her ...
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Search for .bashrc or other dotfiles in Finder

When I search for files in my home folder that have a filename equal to ".bash_history", I don't get any results, even though that file is there. How can I search for dotfiles in Finder? (I know how ...
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Mac open file dialog - “search” function - does not show all matching files

When considering the contents of the /shared directory - and specifically the files whose names begin with driversLicense: 16:12:48/shared $ll driversLicense.* -rwxrwxrwx@ 1 steve staff 567710 ...
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F3 on Windows is what on a Mac?

On Windows to quickly search something, I just press F3 and then you can type what you are searching for as "keywords", how do you do this on Mac? I am busy with HTML and I want to quickly search ...
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Command + f hangs Finder

I just bought a new MacBook Pro running OS X 10.10.3 and then migrated from my old Mavericks MacBook Pro. Now when I search for a file using command+F, Finder hangs/beachballs/becomes unresponsive ...