For some baffling reason, Apple thinks that whatever I search for in one app will be the same thing that I want to search for in another app. This results in my actual search terms being overwritten in (for example) my text editor just because I searched for something on a web page or in iTunes. Having my carefully-craft regex replaced with "Pink Floyd" is aggravating, to say the least, especially when using a text editor without a search history. The user-interface thinking that led Apple to this decision is beyond my ability to comprehend, but I really would like a way to turn it off. How can I disable this?

PS: Why does a find field value in one application show up in a the find field of another application? raises a similar question but the answer offered there only applies to the specific scenario of the question, and to BBEdit as an application. I‘m looking for a way to control this behavior in general.

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    This is a proper feature of macOS and very much intended behaviour. I know it’s been asked a long time ago and resolved really recently (hence I’ve remembered it)) but I can’t find the duplicate.
    – grg
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 22:30
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    Here's a question and several answers on AskDifferent for somebody who needs the functionality you want to abolish. Perhaps you have running one of the apps mentioned in the varied answers? Are you running Alfred by chance?
    – IconDaemon
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 22:42
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    @Icon That’s something different, that’s performing a single search across multiple files, not what this question (the macOS feature of replicating search box content cross-app) is asking about.
    – grg
    Commented Feb 15, 2018 at 0:05
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    @grg the answer in the linked question fixes it for one app (BBEdit), not universally.
    – jcm
    Commented Jul 17, 2018 at 12:14
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    What does it say that when I ask to turn off a feature that I think is ill-conceived, I'm accused of trying to "abolish" "the functionality" that "somebody... needs"? 😂🤣😅
    – iconoclast
    Commented May 5, 2022 at 1:22


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