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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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 ...
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Search files by size or star-rating using spotlight

I'm trying to search files by their size or star-rating using Spotlight. I know it can be done using finder's Command+F, but I cannot figure out which is the syntax I should be using in Spotlight's ...
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Use find in Terminal to remove directories and files of same search parameter

If I type the following into Terminal, it will remove all files that meet the search parameter: sudo find . -type f -name "*Xilisoft*" -exec rm -rf {} \; Then if I start again and type it with d ...
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How to open a searched file in Finder?

When I search a file in Spotlight, it provides me a good result. But the problem is that I want to open the file in Finder, instead of directly opening the file in an application. How can I open in ...
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Outlook - Smart search

Say I want to quickly find all emails by one person. In some email editors you can type "from: John" and it would understand that you are only interested in messages that John sent. Is this ...
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Why doesn't OS X Spotlight search inside .json files?

I am trying to search a folder for an ID number. The folder contains various different file types. The ID can be found in several .json files, but non of them show up. If I rename the .json file to ...
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Search file duplicates in OSX by hash

I am looking for a way to search for a determinate file in OSX (Maverick but more generally OSX). In particular I would like to do the following: given a File_001 I'd like to search if in the ...
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Searching for available Apple Developer account names

I am about to set up a company but I have a suspicion another developer has taken the name that we would intend to trade under for a developer account. We're setting up our business in the UK, and ...
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Can Spotlight be configured to search ALL files on the hard drive (or is there a powerful alternative) - like Windows' Start Menu search can be?

On Windows - since Vista onwards - I'm used to an extremely powerfully configurable instant file/folder/setting search feature: namely its instant indexed Start Menu search. Having a powerful ...
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Spotlight doesn't find the contents of at least one file

Goal - find a clever way to discover what Spotlight has (or hasn't indexed). I have an xls spreadsheet that has the names and emails addresses of people who attended a recent course of mine. In the ...
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Include files from secondary hard drive in spotlight searches

I have an SSD as my boot partition and a HDD for all my documents on my Mac (OS X Mavericks). I have noticed that I am unable to search for files on Spotlight that are located on my HDD. I suspect ...
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Search in a particular folder and subfolder through Spotlight

As the titles indicates, I would like to search a file in a particular folder, and its subfolders, through Spotlight. Is it possible to do that in Spotlight? If so, how can that be done?
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Finder search differentiates between files of kind CSS and Cascading Style Sheets

when I do a search for files of kind CSS I get 2 results when I should have many but if I search for files of kind Cascading Style Sheet, I get all the results except the other 2... What's going on ...
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Is there a shortcut to move to the item being highlighted by the search help?

When I do Help | Search | whatever I see the blue left-arrow pointing to a menu item. I know that if I press Enter, it will execute it, but is there a shortcut that shifts the focus to the item that ...
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Find symbolic links (’s names) with Spotlight (Finder)

underwhelmed by the fact that OS X’s Aliases got really big with Mountain Lion (Lion?) I basically switched to using symbolic links instead. Now I’m just learning the hard way that Spotlight (or, ...
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Universal search/replace in DevonThink?

Is it possible to do a universal search/replace in text files (plain text and rich text) within a DevonThink database? If so, how can I do it?
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Finder Search (spotlight) not finding all relevant results

I'm trying to remove an application manually by deleting it and any extras using the search function in Finder. As a backup, I also ran the app through AppCleaner to see if it caught anything as ...
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How to list all untagged files in Mavericks Finder?

I'm trying to start using Mavericks tagging system, even though it has its bugs… I'm also evaluating Yep to better organize my docs, but maybe I can do without, if I can find how to display all the ...
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How do I change Spotlight search engine?

when I use Spotlight, it offers to "Search web for: " (something like that, my system is german). When I use this feature, Chrome pops up and searches with the Yahoo search engine. Chrome is the ...
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Spotlight, please don't show mail, but still let me search in Mail app

When I search for stuff, even constraining with name:whatIwant, the majority of results are old e-mail messages and Safari history items. How can I get rid of these results, but still search my email ...
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How to search Mail in Time Machine?

I'm looking for a specific email I may have deleted, but I don't remember when I received it (it was at least a couple months ago). Digging through my Mail history in Time Machine for a single email ...
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iOS7, ability to search web via Spotlight search

Prior to iOS7, if someone wanted to search the web, generally the easiest way to do so was by entering your query into the spotlight, and then just clicking 'Search Safari/Wikipedia'. After upgrading ...
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How do I prevent search terms from being copied between applications?

If I have a search field open in Xcode and Safari at the same time, switching between the apps will copy the search term from one app to the other. To reproduce this: Open a webpage in Safari, and ...
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Search inside Notes app in OSX 10.8

As far as I can tell, the search function in Notes only shows you which notes have that string. Is there a way to find the occurrence of the term inside the note itself (without copying to a text ...
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Draft emails on Spotlight Search

When I access my Drafts Gmail folder on my iPhone 4S, there are no saved mails in the draft. However, when I search under Spotlight Search, I get a bunch of emails I started writing once but never ...
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Keeping track of songs in playlists

Is there a way to track what songs in an iTunes account appear in playlists? i.e. -- some songs may appear in 2 playlists, some appear in none. How can I know that?