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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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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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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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56 views

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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1answer
233 views

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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472 views

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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2answers
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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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87 views

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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1answer
521 views

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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1answer
53 views

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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2answers
230 views

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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2answers
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Search a folder that is excluded from Spotlight

I have excluded a folder from Spotlight, because this folder has a lot of files so it often fills up the results, no matter what I'm searching for. However, sometimes I still want to search this ...
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1answer
107 views

Show folder a file is contained in with finder list view in OSX 10.8.4

I am trying to consolidate files that may be spread around my mac (photos in this case). I can tell the finder to search for images, but I am very used to in Windows where I can search for the file ...
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431 views

Sublime Text like fuzzy filesystem search for Mac OS X

Currently I am using Alfred's filesystem navigation capabilities. It's pretty awesome, but sometimes I want fuzzy-search to match not only the filename but the full path. E.g. I want to find a pdf ...
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1answer
118 views

Quick search in folder by key press

I switched from PC to Mac, in pc when you're in explorer, you press a key and it highlights the first result of a file/folder that starts with the pressed key, and when you press again it goes to ...
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2answers
454 views

OS X: Any PDF to Kindle format converter to read technical material on Amazon Kindle?

I like to read course material on Kindle. I merge all lecture slides with Automator and then send them to my Kindle email. Earlier, I have used Readle's Documents app (a spinoff of PDF Expert) where I ...
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117 views

Search over different types of documents such as DjVU sometimes without OCR?

Suppose Apple products such as iOS devices and OS X devices at hand. You want to make things searchable. Some files such as converted PDFs lack OCR so you cannot search them. Some formats are not ...
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Spotlight doesn't work anymore in OS X Mountain Lion

I can't get Spotlight to search for any documents. When I search the Finder for documents, nothing happens and the Spotlight search through the menu bar only shows up web searches.
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Do any OS X apps ease Search and Replace across multiple files?

I'm looking for an OS X tool which allows me to search and replace a search string in multiple files. The requirements are the following: Search and Replace Search by regular expression Search ...
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1answer
110 views

How can I stop 'bin' items from appearing when searching Mail.app?

Whenever I search for a particular message, the results throw up tens of seemingly related messages/part messages from what appears to be the "bin" folder. What exactly is the bin folder (junk, ...
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3answers
324 views

Non-recursive spotlight search?

When using the Spotlight search at the top right of a finder window, I often want the search to be non-recursive, i.e. only look at files in that specific directory, not any directories within it. Is ...
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1answer
206 views

Is there any way to disable Mac OS X global search string propagation?

Mac OS X has a feature where if you use any search box in any app, it automatically overwrites every other search box with the text you searched. I find this rarely useful and it often interferes ...
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2answers
412 views

OS X Mail: Search within message (including header)

I would like to search within an individual email message using OS X Mail version 5.3 or above (Lion, Mountain Lion). I would like this search to include the email header. Using the menu item Edit ...
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2answers
2k views

How to make Spotlight index PDF documents to search faster or on my command?

I need to search some words in many PDF documents. It worked very well when I searched over old documents but my OS X has not indexed yet the new PDFs. How can I search over the new PDFs?
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1answer
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How to focus on list of found files after search in Finder using the keyboard with full keyboard access activated?

I like using the keyboard as much as possible. In particular, I'd like to be able to activate a search, type my search term, press a key to move to the search list, and then use cursor keys to ...
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2answers
616 views

How to locate a file in Spotlight using folder and file name?

I often want to navigate to a file or folder that does not have a unique name. Instead, the parent folder in combination with the file or foldern name makes it unique. Here are a few examples: I ...
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1answer
1k views

How can I change the default search engine in Safari?

Safari for OS X only offers three search engines: Google, Yahoo, Bing I want to use https://startpage.com as a default search engine to search directly from the unified URL/search bar. Is this ...
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1answer
306 views

How can I search for photos taken at a specific time?

All my photos are in iPhoto and I want to be able to search for photos taken at a specific time. Happy to use an app or command to search at file system level from Terminal if I need to. Smart ...
3
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1answer
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Why do some app spotlight results show the “.app” extension, but not all?

Even though I've explicitly set the Finder preference to display all file extensions, I'm still finding that some apps do not show the file name extension in their Spotlight result. Here are some ...
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2k views

Set the default search to current folder?

The Finder's search bar is an integral part of my workflow. I am constantly using it to search the contents of files within various folders. However, typing into this bar always searches the entire ...
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4answers
573 views

Desktop Search - with more features than Spotlight?

I am looking for a 'desktop search' solution for the mac. I like the look of HoudahSpot (built on top of Spotlight) but it doesn't quite do everything I would like. My ideal search solution would do ...
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2answers
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How to “type to search” in current folder

Prior to owning Mac, I used Ubuntu with Nautilus (the default file-browser). With Nautilus, you could simply start typing something, and it would select the folder / file matching the characters you ...
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3answers
258 views

How to find & delete an obscure file of which I only know the name?

Sophos detected a trojan which it cannot remove on Mac OS 10.4 and it says to remove it manually. Problem is, it gives the file name as xxxxxxxx-xxxxxxxx where the x's are hex digits. No directory ...
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1answer
255 views

Local reverse/duplicate image search for Mac?

I'm searching for an application to find duplicate images. In my Linux days, there was a nice Gtk+ application which I could provide some folders and which would list all duplicate images based on ...
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How Can I Search A Specific Type of File in Mac?

Is there any way to search a specific type of file using Spotlight? I remember there was a special command or something that I had to put in front of the search phrase but I cannot remember it now. ...