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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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Why doesn't iTunes allow to search for podcasts related to Uyghurs?

It just occurred to me while trying to locate an old podcast on Uyghurs that iTunes doesn't allow to filter your podcasts based on that word, but allows to filter podcasts for other words such as ...
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iPhone Music search in “My Library” misses words

A search in Music "My Library" makes some obvious misses. For instance searching "blue" will not show "Big Blue" (and will show "Electro Glide in Blue" and others). It seems the songs index is not ...
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Creating a search engine within Numbers on a Mac

I want to know if it’s possible to create a search box directly within my Numbers document without the use of scripting, automator or terminal. The idea is that users could enter search terms in the ...
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Outlook 2016 Search no results 16.16.8

We've been having a issue at our work where a handful of users have a problem with the search in Outlook 2016 for Mac. We have tried re-indexing their Spotlight. Doesn't resolve the problem. We have ...
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How do I change the Services sub component to not use Safari web browser

When I right click and use the "Search Google for" different things happen. For one, if I am in Chrome it opens a new tab in Chrome and searches as I want. However, if I use this menu anywhere else in ...
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How to fix Outlook for Mac search

Microsoft Outlook for Mac (version 16.21) is frequently unable to find email messages using the search feature, even in the case of emails that were sent relatively recently. I presume that the search ...
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Thumbnail preview for search results on NTFS drive

Image file icons are not shown in thumbnail preview when viewing search result. It is shown in thumbnail preview when on NTFS drive, normal browsing, not search result on HFS/APFS drive, either ...
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How do I find all files of a specific type that are outside of a folder?

I want to find all .app files on my Mac that aren't in the Applications folder. How do I do this? Please unmark as duplicate 1st point: The suggested dupe's answer explains how to get a list of all ...
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How to reset or rebuild application search database in ios?

I am having a strange problem on ios. When i search for any app by typing its name in the search screen, the corresponding app shows up, WITH THE EXCEPTION, of firefox for ios. Its odd to me that my ...
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How To Search For Property List Files That Contain A String On Mac

Is there a way to search for all property list files that contain a certain string? Spotlight doesn't search inside .plist files. Yes, I have 'System Files Are Included'. For example, say a plist (...
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Safari URL search uses yahoo instead of DuckDuckGo

I have DuckDuckGo set as my preferred search engine in Safari in both Safari > Preferences and in the URL search bar. However, when I type a search in the URL search bar Safari always uses Yahoo. How ...
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Books - PDF - Preview - Search : “No Results Found”

I recently upgraded from High Sierra to Mojave, and consequently iBooks became Books. I now have an issue with Books which was not present in iBooks. I have stored many PDFs iBooks. Clicking on one ...
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macOS High Sierra, Messages won't search at all

I just got a new 2018 Macbook Pro, so I'm in the process of migrating from my 2013 MBP to the new one. I don't trust the Migration Assistant due to numerous bad past experiences, so I do this kind of ...
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Search for emails within specific folders

Presently, if I do a search in Apple Mail it searches everything. This is fine most of the time, but sometimes I want to just be able to select a folder and then search only the emails in that folder. ...
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Can you search Filenames in Spotlight as opposed to all metadata and contents by default?

I understand there is a dropdown menu in the spotlight search to select "Filenames" in spotlight, but is there a way to make this your default when searching?
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How to completely disable, not just hide, Siri Suggestions in iOS?

I'm trying to turn off Siri Suggestions in iOS, with the goal of not having my device build patterns of what I do (regardless of whether it sends them, which it probably doesn't). I've turned off all ...
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Does anyone find that spotlight forgets docx files every day?

For setup, we've been dealing with spotlight issues for 4 years on two MacBooks with my wife's files. We've done all the usual tricks (for example spotlight privacy tab, sudo mdutil -E / ) and they ...
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Search file system for multiple search terms (bulk search finder)

I have a list of over 200 partial file names: Apple Orange Banana ... I want a text file with a list indicating which of them exist inside an mp3 file on my hard drive. I can type them one-by-one ...
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how to search files modified between a specific time in a date

In mac os, how can I search the files modified or used within a specified timespan on a date? For example i want to get the files used between 10am to 4pm on 10/30/2018. Can this be done either via ...
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Searching for “all” “rented for 0.99” on iTunes Store API?

So, I've been trying to figure out how to replicate 99rental.com behaviour (it fishes the "0.99$ rental of the week" for the U.S. iTunes Store) for the Finnish iTunes Store. So far I've gotten up to ...
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How to prevent “smart searching” in Safari?

Suppose I am trying to search for information about this file: /etc/inetd.conf If I paste the following into Safari's search bar: "/etc/inetd.conf" Safari tries to be clever and converts it into : ...
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Spotlight re-indexing takes too long or doesn't work

Issue After forcing Spotlight to reindex, no files or directories can be found. Setup I've got a MacBook Pro 15" 2017 with a 512 GB SSD: 250 GB main volume (36 free) and a BOOTCAMP partition (not ...
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Is there a way to get OSX Finder to search through .ts (textscript) files?

I really like using OSX's finder to quickly find a particular file and its content based on search, I need to work on in my web projects. We often have 100s upon 100s of separate files and I need to ...
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How to exclude a filename pattern in Finder search

I'm interested in how to negate a search pattern in Finder, something like not *-2.jpg or foo*.txt and not *bar.txt.
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Excluding specific file names and types (not categories, not folders) from Spotlight

How can I completly and permanently exclude specific files (with names like readme or general file formats like .php) from Spotlight search? One practical example: I have important notes saved as ...
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Hide Everything For Cmd+Space Spotlight Search but Applications

I am trying to use Spotlight as a way to solely launch my most used applications. A lot of them have similar names, so for me Spotlight displaying in a linear down list works much better then lets ...
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Is there a way to search in current folder in file open dialogs?

In normal finder window, I have set it to search in current folder by default. However, when I want to open a file in the open file dialog, the search is still a global Mac search. Is there anyway ...
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Spotlight finds Notes via magnifying glass, but not via Finder “Find” or mdfind

I discovered that Spotlight can find my Notes if I just use the magnifying class icon in the main menu bar, but not if I open a Finder window and use command-F. I've always assumed these were just ...
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iOS app search ads keyword tool says “You have no more recommended keywords for this app”

We use the keyword popularity indicator under Advanced campaign editor at http://app.searchads.apple.com (described here) to determine the popularity for keywords in the App Store. However, as of ...
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Convert MS Word DOC and DOCX file to RTF keeping modification date

I've got a folder full of about 2000 MS Word (DOC and DOCX) files that I need to do complex searches in -- for example, finding documents that contain John but not John Doe. Or 21,000 but not 21,000,...
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Search index not working - finder, spotlight - rebuilding not possible

Spotlight search and finder search are both not working anymore on OS 10.13.5. Now results are showing up at all. This is what I tried: Rebuild the index as explained multiple times in stackoverflow ...
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Spotlight Reindexes on each restart OSX 10.10.5 MBP 13" 2012

I have OSX 10.10.5, Suddenly, I started having performance issues on my Mac. Upon investigating, I found out, OSX was re-indexing Spotlight on each restart. So far i have tried following things: ...
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How can I search 360,000 files, about 280 GB?

I have a folder (technically in this case, a read-only mounted disk image) containing a ton of data I got by running Data Rescue (a data recovery app) on one of my large server drives. I did several ...
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How to open search result in new window in Safari?

After I selected some text and opened the context menu in Safari, I accidentally managed to search the selected text in Google with the result opened in a new window. I didn't know what I did nor ...
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Finder not searching files in ~/Library and /Library

I am using a Macbook Air with macOS High Sierra. When I install a third party application and later delete it, I have to remove files stored by it in Application Support, Preferences etc. in ~/...
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How to perform a serial number search?

I am looking for a way to search the serial number (of Apple products such as iPhones, iPads, Macs, etc.), and get information about the original configuration of that specific device. I am aware of ...
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Outlook for Mac 2016, Gmail accounts and Smart Folder / Search showing message more than once

Environment OS: macOS 10.13.4 Application: Outlook for Mac 2016 (Insider Slow and Insider Fast) Accounts: Gmail Accounts I'm switching from Apple Mail to Outlook for Mac 2016. In doing so, I ...
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Path bar High Sierra doesn't work with search results on SMB fileserver

Yosemite High Sierra Hi there! At our Prepress department I’ve updated some iMacs from Yosemite to High Sierra. When I search in Yosemite on the SMB fileserver for a specific file, I see after a ...
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Mac mail search gives me the name of a sub-folder: how do I find the containing folder?

When I search for mail in Mac Mail, the search results tell me that the mail it located is in a folder called "2018". But I have lots of sub-folders called "2018" with different parent/containing ...
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Copy Omnikey shortcuts to another computer

I use the Omnikey extension on Safari 11.1, and find it very useful. It allows immediate access to the search function on various websites through Safari’s address bar, merely by typing a keyletter ...
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Spotlight Search by Full Path?

When performing a Spotlight search, either through the Finder or via terminal commands, is it possible to filter results against the full-path of a file, or at least the name of it's parent folder? ...
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Recents not updating with new files in High Sierra

There has been a lot of wingeing over the loss of "All My Files" in favor of "Recents" in High Sierra, and I am beginning to understand why. For one, it seems to be an opaque tool and I have yet to ...
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“Enable Quick Website Search” saving websites while unchecked?

These are my search settings on MacOS Sierra, Safari 11.0x or Safari 11.1 Beta, no difference. "Enable Quick Website Search" is unchecked. "Include Safari Suggestions" is unchecked. "Include ...
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How to search for text within an app?

I use several news apps on my iPhone X. When I read an article, I often want to search for a specific term within the article (similar to Ctrl-F, "Find", in a browser). How do I do that?
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How can I stop sharing Find/Replace fields between apps?

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 ...
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How can I search within documents from the Finder?

I scan documents (receipts, etc) PDFs and the software does OCR to make them searchable. I can search them from within Preview, but I'd like to be able to search within the documents in Finder (or ...
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Find queries appear automatically in the find fields for other applications [duplicate]

After years on a much older version of Mac OS, I'm now on v. 10.13.2, and I observe strange behavior when I use find functionality, in various applications. If I search for some string in one ...
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Searching for files on SMB share shows all files as question marks “?” on macOS High Sierra

Searching on SMB share in Finder on macOS High Sierra (10.13.3) shows all files names as "?". The correct kind and size is identified, it is just the name that is messed up. Browsing works fine and ...
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IPhone app that allows search for string inside .js,.html files?

Is there any app that allows me search for string inside huge list of .js,.html,.php files without opening individual files?I have tried an app called Documents to no avail. (Just like Search for ...
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Search returns only 'older' emails

How do I fix my mail search feature on my Mac? Somehow my mail indexing has gotten "frozen" on my Mac (OS Sierra 10.12.6), so that messages newer than last June do not appear in searches. This ...