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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Force Splotlight to search a subfolder

Background: I moved the Microsoft User Data from ~/Documents to ~/Library/Preferences because I didn't want Google Drive to sync my Office files. I can run Office products fine, but I can't search my ...
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Can I search for folders of a certain size (say more than xxx mb)

I am cleaning up a bit. I know how to search for files of a certain size (see below). Is there a way to search for folders above a certain size? Shell commands are ok, but gui is preferred. To search ...
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Are there special boolean search operations (AND,OR, NOT) for iOS mail app?

I got like 11000 emails available through the iOS mail app, and single keyword search no longer works for me. I would like to exclude specific words, like in google: (food -fast). Are there special ...
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How to search a phrase in Preview of OS X?

When I search for a term like "formation water", preview returns everything starting with formation and not the term "formation water". How can I search for a phrase in Preview?
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How do you get Spotlight to search in sub-directories?

How do you get Spotlight to search in sub-directories like Windows Explorer does? Here I have done the same search on the same directory - the root of the usb drive SFD223128GB using both OS X Finder ...
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Yosemite Server: Spotlight from client

I just bought a Mac mini to use as our office server (Yosemite). How can I search the shared folders with Spotlight from my client iMac? I tried to connect via SMB and AFP (Go > Connect to Server > ...
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search for file extensions with ~ in finder

i ran a script to change a tiff image, now it created the new image but kept the original with the file extension ".tif~". Is there any way to search for all of the files in Finder or in another way ...
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Prevent spotlight from searching packages content in saved search (on 10.9.5)

I tagged all the files inside my Documents folder, now I'd like to create and save a smart folder searching for all the untagged files, just in case I create or move a file to that folder without ...
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Consumer NAS supporting Spotlight search?

Is there a consumer-level NAS (e.g. making a NAS out of a Mac Mini is at the other end of the spectrum) that supports Spotlight search? That is, searching for the contents within files without needing ...
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Prevent Finder from opening new windows AT ALL!

(OSX 10.10) Yes! I know already, that there is the option »always open a new tab«. BUT there are exceptions. E. g. when hitting Command+R on a search-result in Spotlight or Finder (despite the ...
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Disable Developer search results in Spotlight [duplicate]

Yesterday, I installed Yosemite on my MBP and spotlight suddenly started giving me Developer search results. I don't have xcode installed on my system, nor I can find any option to disable/ exclude ...
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How to make the Finder's search result in Mac OS X ordered by time it's been found?

When in the Finder you search for a file or folder, the list of result gets refreshed with different order as the search is in progress. This is very annoying because most of the time I can see the ...
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I want to restore the “All My Files” folder/view to the finder sidebar

While I've had my ups and downs with the "All My Files" folder in the Mac sidebar, it is a really useful tool for unclogging my hard drive of large files - this is especially important because of the ...
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Finder search doesn't work properly after Yosemite update

Ever since I upgraded to Yosemite, search no longer works properly in Finder. Spotlight works fine but Finder search just gives me a blank window with a spinning ball. I've tried reindexing and I've ...
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How do I search Recent Calls on iPhone?

I am looking for a phone number in my history. All I know is the area code 808, which will narrow it down immensely, and its having occurred between a month and two months ago. How can I search the ...
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To prevent Finder from showing .noindex files

I can restrict Finder searching files by adding .noindex -extension, this thread. However, I want hide those files in Finder search. How can you prevent Finder from showing .noindex -files?
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Spotlight search not including contact list hits tie used to work fine but for some reason has stopped

Previously a spotlight search would include contacts list entries but it's now misses it out I've checked settings and contact list is checked so why has it stopped doing the full search? It seems to ...
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Spotlight “Indexing and searching disabled.” message in terminal on OSX. Why?

My spotlight searching hasn't worked for quite some time and I've tried everything I could find on Google. I can't search for anything on my MacBook.. literally nothing shows up. I'll list the things ...
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Help, I can't search from the App Launcher anymore

I used to be able to start typing an application name in the App Launcher (F4) to filter the list. But at some point, this stopped working for some reason. I can't click the search box, nor does ...
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Mail Flags and Search not working

New Macbook Pro running OSX 10.9.4 and Mail 7.3(1878.6). I can flag emails but they don't triplicate in the Flagged Folder. Also I use the search bar and get no results even though I am searching ...
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Installed Friefox Beta and now Bing is default search enginge in location bar

I updated from FF 31 to FF Beta (32) and when I now do a search in the location bar (the big one to the left) I get results from Bing. How do I change this back to Google?
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Pasting in search field pastes in document instead

I recently tried to find and replace a misspelled word by copying the word, pressing command+shift+H to bring up the Find and Replace dialog, then pasting into the "search" field. But instead of ...
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Is there an equivalent to copernic pro desktop search engine available for mac?

Is there an equivalent to copernic pro desktop search engine available for mac? I mean something serious not spotlight or found! Something that is able to search terabytes of data and index millions ...
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using mdfind for smart search across all files

I am trying to use the mdfind command to search for phrases across all files in my computer from the command line. Basically i am trying to combine grep and finder search since grep is too slow for ...
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Does mdfind allow wildcard searches on filename?

I'm trying to figure out how to perform wildcard searches for filenames with mdfind on OsX? I tried: mdfind -name "*.pdf" but it didn't work. EDIT: I want to be able to find names like "test*.pdf"
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How to use wildcard in Finder search?

How the find files with wildcard in Finder? Which wildcards does Finder support?
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How to search Library on Mavericks

Before updating to 10.9 I frequently deleted all the small files some apps leave behing by searching for invisible system files. Now it doesn't seem to work, I can navigate to the file manually just ...
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To measure the effectiveness of Finder's search

I have noticed that the Finder's search misses many times matches from PDF documents even in strict Folder search. It would be very nice to get information about possible skipped matches. One ...
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Exclude apps from Spotlight results

Is there a way to exclude specific apps from Spotlight search results? For example, in my daily workflow I rarely open iTunes. So when I want to open iTerm2 it would be great to save the extra ...
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AppleScript to click buttons and close tabs

Im not really familiar with applescript (using C/Python/Pacsal atm). So far did the autoclicker for my WoW ore prospection. I would like to use the script on safari to click the link with name "1st ...
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Is it possible to remove Web Searches from Spotlight?

when I am searching anything with spotlight a category Web Searches appears at the bottom of the results. Clicking these links Safari opens and would search the web or wikipedia. But I never use these ...
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How to ENABLE indexing on a Folder on a Volume that uses .metadata_never_index?

Spotlight is such a crazy maniac... It regularly uses over 3GB of RAM on my Mac Pro..and it has FOR YEARS. I've stopped fighting it.. and I just touch a .metadata_never_index file at the root of ay ...
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Search / filter by genre in iTunes

Currently the only filters for search in iTunes are by song, album, artist and composer. Is there a way to search by genre in iTunes?
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How to view only my mail box and not the shared ones

I started a new job and the mail client has a lot of shared inboxes. How do I see the messages directed only at me? In other words, I'd like to filter out my own personal mail box. I'm using Mac OSx ...
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Terminal: Adding logic to 'find' directories containing either [criteria A] or [criteria B]

I have inherited a vast media archive without a unifying organizational scheme. Its contents date back at least 10 years. I have been asked to find a needle in this hay stack, and I have some guesses ...
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in DevonThink, how to copy selected text to current database as plain text?

I'm unable to figure out how to do what should be DevonThink's most basic core function: capturing text from a source and sending it to the desired database as plain text. Here's what I did: ​ 1. ...
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Remove McAfee Safe Search bar

The McAfee Safe Search bar is not aesthetically pleasing, and will never be used by me, is it possible to remove it from the Safari browser, while keeping McAfee and its internet security benefits?
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Is there an app that allows me to use Google Scholar on an iOS device? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a native app that allows me to use Google Scholar on my iPhone. Does such an app exist?
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Is there an app that allows me to use Google Scholar on an iOS device?

I'm looking for a native app that allows me to use Google Scholar on my iPhone. Does such an app exist?
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Tag and Metadata searching doesn't work in Spotlight

There's a problem with searching for a tags and metadata e.g. kind:movie in my Spotlight. Actually, it doesn't work even tag:Red in Spotlight. It's weird, because I can search easy using Finder, but ...
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locate & updatedb - files not found

I ran sudo /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb then locate Radium3 but it returns nothing! but $ ls ~/Library/Containers/com.catpigstudios.Radium3/ Container.plist Data So why doesn't locate see ...
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How do I do an “or” orperation for a search in Apple Mail?

Can I do a search in Apple Mail that does an "or" on supplied criteria? For example, someone has two email addresses. I want to search for all emails from that person, so I'd like to say "one email ...
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Find function across all applications [duplicate]

In Safari, I do a Find on the page content for a word. Then I switch to another app, and that same word (or words) is automatically used (or changes the previous search term I had used). Any way to ...
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Can I search for a string of text inside Notes.app on an iPhone 5c (iOS 7.1)?

I use Mac's Notes app on my MacBook Air (Mavericks). I can readily search for any specific note just using command - F. It finds notes containing the string of text either in the title of the note ...
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Can Alfred search the content of files by default too and not just file names?

When I search for files in Alfred, I’m seeing that words within files (like rtf files, txt) are not being searched where in Spotlight, by default it is. Say I have a file called ‘file.rtf’ and in it ...
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Google Quick Scroll extension for Safari

There is a great Chrome extension Google Quick Scroll that scrolls to funded text on a page after googling it. I want it for Safari but cannot find any alternatives or so. Is there?
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How to force Spotlight to index content inside a package?

I wish to use Spotlight to search inside my Papers 3 library package (i.e., a 'bundle') as the search functionality within the application is broken and/or hamstrung. Is there any way I can force ...
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How to search for emails sent by a specific person in iOS Mail

I used to be able to search for emails sent by "Jack Tan" by using the FROM toolbar in the mailbox After iOS 7 update, it seems the From, All, Subject, and To toolbar has disappeared. It now looks ...
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Why is it quicker to search on google app compared to web browser on smartphones

When you do a google search , the time taken for the results and the webpages of the result to load is much faster on Google search app compared to web browser for smartphones. What is the ...
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Preview search function returns blank results

I'm having trouble finding pages when I query for a string in Preview, where actual results are mixed in with meaningless, blank results. For example, when I search for B-tree in my algorithms book, I ...