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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Spotlight search shortcuts to launch apps

I want to be able to open Spotlight and launch specific apps without touching my mouse or scroll down through lists with the arrow key. For example, I want to press Command + Spacebar (to open ...
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How to find the most frequent email sender address in Apple Mail OS X?

I have thousands of unread emails in my Apple Mail (9.3) running in OS X El Capitan 10.11.5. There are bunch of emails that are received from common senders and between these emails there are ...
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Finder doesn't find duplicates with (1), (2), …, (n) in filename

I have downloaded lots of duplicate files with my web browser. The first duplicate gets the suffix (1) in its filename before the file extension, the second gets (2) and so on. For example: ...
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Finder window, exit search options

When using Command-F to search in a Finder window, what is the shortcut to disable the search and return to the standard finder window? For example: 1) Navigate to specific folder 2) Command-F to ...
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Get Spotlight to search in Caskroom subdirs (which is now in /usr/local/)

I'm using Homebrew with Caskroom and since a recent update, it installs the apps downloaded through brew cask within /usr/local/Caskroom/ I always used Spotlight to find and open these apps, but now ...
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iOS 9 can't always find installed apps in the settings search results, why? Spotlight bug?

on iOS9 when you use the search bar in the settings you should see also installed apps preferences like this: Why can I get to this thing working only once every 100 times? Most of the time I only ...
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Spotlight search returns no results on iOS 9

The bug mentioned in this question continues: Spotlight search on iOS 9 returns no results. I've tried Sending myself an e-mail (yes really; this occasionally works for a few minutes) Toggling off ...
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TextEditor with Overview of Search Tool's Result?

I am trying to find a texteditor which can give an overview of Search Tool's Result. I find the current situation of TextMate problematic You cannot see the section of one search result without ...
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How can I search for something other than exact phrases in PDF's on iOS

I have a 1,000+ page PDF file that I used to be able to search in iBooks and it would give me the pages where every word searched appeared on a single page. Now I can only search for exact phrases. ...
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Spotlight / Finder - search words within files and preview occurrence

When searching for specific words inside documents, upon getting the results, is there a way to then preview in the document where that word occurs without having to first open the document and ...
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Xcode 7 fails to do “find in project” when run from a second OSX partition - anyone else seen or have a solution for this ?

I have OSX El Cap installed on two partitions. The first is my original partition that has been my development Xcode C++ iMac since 2011. I recently created a new smaller partition with the intent of ...
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Spotlight search bar doesn't show up in middle of screen

For some reason, when I activate Spotlight, the bar shows up in the top right part of the screen instead of the middle. I've tried restarting and connecting to an external monitor, to no avail.
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How do I search a given folder for videos that don't play on the iPad?

I have an iPad Air 2 that, according to Apple, supports the following video formats: H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 5.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz,...
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How to Replace mdfind with any other tool for .tex?

I am trying to replace mdfind because of false search of .tex files as discussed in the thread How to search LaTeX -documents in Spotlight? However, I cannot find any well maintained solution for the ...
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mac search for file type

I am trying to find mp3 and mp4 on my external hd. I tried to follow these methods here. How Can I Search A Specific Type of File in Mac? This did not work kind: mp3 kind: mp4 This was the only ...
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Links not opening [duplicate]

I can open links to website in search results, or on some websites. I have seen another question about this, and a suggested answer that included a link to show more tails... Only I can not open the ...
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Preview - See how often a search term is found in a pdf

When I'm searching for a term in a pdf, Preview shows me on how many pages that term is found, and in the sidebar how often that term is found on which page. But it doesn't tell me how often that ...
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Show Library folder and subfolders in Spotlight Search

As a software developer, I often need to look into files within the Library folder. For quick access, I'd like to be able to see the files in my Spotlight searches. How can I do that?
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How to change a search direction in terminal

I'm under OS X El Capitan 10.11.1. When I try to search in terminal text by cmd+F it starts to search from the beginning rather than from the end backwards as it was in terminal on Ubuntu. So how ...
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Method of searching any application installed or any file related to that on Macbook?

Recently I installed LogMeIn app, and installation was done properly. There was no icon of app was made. I am searching but I am not getting the file or app related information in the system file. I ...
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In El Capitan has the ability to search within dialog boxes for items on a server changed?

In the previous version of OSX I had I was able to (for example) go into InDesign, use the 'Place' option to open a dialog box and then select the folder on the server I wanted to search in and then ...
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How do I get a lone missing app to appear in Spotlight searches?

When I enter a string that matches part of the name of an application on Mac, the OS X Spotlight search feature will suggest apps for me to launch. This works for every app except one: Mathematica: ...
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Finder won't search external hard drive now that I've updated to 10.7 Lion

I recently updated from 10.6 to 10.7 and now Finder won't search my network attached sever. It worked fine up until the update. I have tried re-indexing the Spotlight Search, but that doesn't work and ...
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Spotlight search customizations

How do I customize the news sources in Spotlight suggestions? I don't want to disable as others have answered. I want to remove certain suggestions that require subscriptions to read the articles. ...
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Search for large files and folders

I am looking for space! I would like to search for all large folders and files. I found this answer but so far my searches failed to show some of the large files, including a .pkg file that was in my ...
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Why can't Spotlight in El Capitan easily find the obvious?

Spotlight in El Capitan is supposed to be more inclusive and "smart" by helping the user find what s/he needs. However, since upgrading to El Capitan, I've found that the only way to get Spotlight to ...
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Spotlight stucks in previous search on El Capitan

I have interesting issue on my Spotlight. Whenever I try to search anything, Spotlight stucks on the previous search. Here is my issue steps: I searched Pages.app from the Spotlight and I opened it. ...
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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 incremental search search on a 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 work....
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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 ...