Questions tagged [search]

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 show “only mails with attachments” in MacOS Mail?

In the search box in the top right of Mail, I enter the search term but then want to restrict the results in the same way you can with Outlook on PC "has attachment" to only show those mails ...
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Spotlight not working properly - only shows new items

I have a MBP (2011) running High Sierra on an internal 2TB SSD. Lots of files, and spotlight worked fine for almost 10 years. Out of sudden, spotlight only listed a few results, it seemed that the ...
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Search for files that begin with some letters and the search need to be non-recursive

I want to search for a file or folder in the directory I am viewing. I dont need to search recursively into sub-folders. In Windows, if I am viewing a particular folder and want to search for files or ...
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Saved Searches in Finder Don't Work

I tagged all my 3rd Party Applications with a tag called "Third Party" and then did a search in Finder for all applications with this Tag and saved the search. It seemed to work. Then I ...
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How do I search for apps on iOS 14?

Prior to iOS 14 it was possible, from any of the home pages, to flick down and search for an app. For example, with a simple workflow consisting of flick, "p", "c" to find PCalc. ...
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Finder content search for exact string

In Finder, I have searched for files with a content which contains a string "<tableview ". Result list has files which content contains strings like " < tableview.frame.height&...
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Search Numbers spreadsheet for \n

If I search for "\n" in a Numbers spreadsheet, it only shows me any cells that have line breaks in them, it does not show me cells that have "\n" written in them. Is there any way ...
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Finder Advanced Search - Only within directory

I have an advanced Finder search criteria to show everything modified within the last X days. I'm not seeing an option that would let me restrict this search to only files within a specific directory (...
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How to Remove Search.moviecorner.com Search Bar

I am facing issue in removing Search.moviecorner.com. My browser constantly redirects to Search.moviecorner.com. I want to remove it from Search bar permanently
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Safari does not change focus to the web page after address bar search

After completing a search in Safari (tested on version 13.1.2 and 14.0 with Catalina 10.15.6), the address bar remains in focus after pressing return. With other major browsers (including Chrome, ...
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Searching for mac files of same name but in a different format

I have a batch of files and need to search/gather files of the same name but in another format (as opposed to manually searching for the files which would take forever!), eg. I have a list such as ...
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Find string anywhere, not only at the beginning of words, in Safari on the iPad

In Safari on macOS one can choose whether to match a word that starts with the string or that contains it (see answer to Safari web browser do not find strings on a page in the common way). For ...
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Add enclosing folder to document comments for better search results in list view

I have created a Saved Search that searches multiple folders for the same file name/type as described here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qAPl2LRd3c&t=18s However, the results when seen in List ...
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How do you establish an area in which to search (restaurants, for example) for Maps.app

How do you constrain a search in Maps.app that could have hits anywhere? Like 'burger restaurant'? I live in Chapel Hill, and I want to see all burger joints in the Triangle, so I size my Maps window ...
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Spotlight not searching Time Capsule drive, indexing enabled

When using Spotlight search, it is not finding a specific file, which I know is located on my Time Capsule drive, which, of course, is mounted and indexing thereof is enabled. Please, see below ...
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Spotlight Search: Show ALL FILES, and exclude ALL FOLDERS

I am looking for a macOS equivalent of the Windows command: type:NOT"file folder" This command, when entered into Windows Explorer search bar, will display all the files of a directory or ...
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Uninstall Vshieldscanner OSX

When I first got my Mac about 4 years ago, I thought it'd be sensible to install McAfee VShield that was offered by my network provider. Soon learned this was unnecessary and not recommended. I can't ...
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Is there any app or anyway for mac to search within a video's texts/transcription

This might be a very niche thing, but I have a lot of local and downloaded videos on my Mac that I keep for educational purposes, and was wondering if it's possible to search through the ...
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What criteria does Apple Mail use in searching for emails?

I searched for the rather innocuous phrase "business days" in Mail.app on macOS on my Gmail account. I found only 4 mails in the last two months. Frustrated that I wasn't finding the mail I ...
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Why history search results are different in Spotlight and in Safari search bar

Sometimes I want to search for a website I visited earlier. So I type a couple of words in Spotlight and nothing useful shows up. When I enter the same words in search bar in Safari I find the result ...
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Finder on macOS: Search works by default with “Name matches” instead of “Name contains”

Is there any possibility to change default behaviour of Search text box in Finder to search with “Name contains” instead of “Name matches”? I know there is this possibility in advanced searching ...
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Search e-mail message data not including a specific phrase in Outlook

In Microsoft Outlook on MacOS - How do I search for e-mail messages that do not include a specific phrase in the message data, including the header? Example: I could do a search for "stack" ...
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Moving files (manually in Finder, via terminal MV, or via script) appears to leave a 'ghost' file in search results that cannot be deleted

Scenario: I use plex with a DVR and torrents to download tv shows and the accompanying files. The DVR files save to DRIVE_1, and the permanent storage for PLEX is DRIVE_2. Issue: When the files are ...
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Search in Apple Notes.app for MacOS does not work at all

Today I started using Apple Notes App and populated it with little over a dozen notes. Then I tried to find a note by searching for keywords. Search does not return any result for me. I tried to find ...
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Quick search in NAS. Which software for overview?

We use a NAS in our small company to acces our files from different locations. Searching within the NAS does not work well due to the amount of data stored and slow internet connection. So if we're ...
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What would cause Finder's “Find” (cmd-F) to launch a server connection?

I've seen similar questions about strange server connections, but they didn't apply to this issue. Very specifically, when I hit CommandF, my Mac automatically, and silently, connects to one of my ...
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Can't search exact file name, with extension, in Catalina Spotlight

I used to be able to launch Spotlight (command + spacebar) then search for filename.txt, but in Catalina, that no longer works. However, if I search for just the filename that will show some results, ...
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Quick text string search, perhaps in Applescript, for fixed search term so can be bound to keyboard shortcut?

I spend a lot of time editing text. At work, I use the medical software Epic where the key F3 is bound to search and select the next instance of “foo bar” from the cursor. If F3 is pressed again, the ...
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Find a specific word within a specific folder on a cloud drive?

I send out monthly wine cases to my clients, and we never send the same wine twice (until the vintage changes). I need to be able to search through all the existing tasting sheet docs to make sure ...
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Search inside documents with spotlight

For years I had used spotlight to search inside of plain text files and other documents. As of late, Spotlight no longer searches inside documents it appears to only search their titles. Is there any ...
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Find exact string in file contents from Command Line

Is there a way to have mdfind detect an exact string, say "what I look for", in the content of files? I tried all the recipes (double quotes, escaped double quotes etc.) in vain. I'm not interested in ...
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Can't find where Voice Control is located on the computer

I upgraded to Catalina and I'm using Voice Control, but it will not work in non-Apple software. I wanted to try giving "Full Disk Access" in Security & Privacy hoping it might work. I have the ...
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Scripting Mail.app

I use a service that regularly sends me an e-mail message containing a link to a downloadable file. The messages follow a standardized format that is easy to parse. Something like Standardized ...
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How can I search voicemail transcripts?

I want to find a particular voicemail message on my phone by searching the automatically generated transcripts. How can I do that? I've got an iPhone SE (2020 version) running iOS 13.
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Is there something like an advanced search in Calender?

Is there something like an advanced search in Calender? E.g., something that would allow me to search within a certain daterange, in specific fields and similar?
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Is there a way to change the urls used by the various search engines in Safari?

I'd like to add -site:pinterest.* to all (Google) search queries done from the address bar in Safari. Is there some pList somewhere that I might have missed while searching around for a solution? If ...
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Spotlight search of iCloud folder on Catalina is slow - is this normal? What can I do to improve?

Here are the details of my issue: Since I'm in an all-Apple ecosystem, I've switched to using the iCloud folders as my "general" sync tool (vs FreeFileSync, which I pay the premium for and use when ...
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My Mail search is not working ( at all ), and spotlight search does not search in messages anymore. I have Mac OS 10.13.6. Can anyone help please?

My Mail search is not working ( at all ), and spotlight search does not search in messages anymore. I have Mac OS 10.13.6. Can anyone help please? FYI. this happened after my HD hit 300MB. fixed it ...
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updatedb error - mktemp: too few X's in template ‘updatedb’

When I run sudo /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb to manually update the locate database, I get this error: ❯ sudo /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb Password: mktemp: too few Xs in template ‘updatedb’ chown: ...
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mdfind tool : consider in the same time, to perform researching of files, a substring of the filename and the insensitive case for these substrings

Is it possible to specify, in the context of files searching on my MacOS Catalina 10.15.3, a way to combine in the same time a potential substring of filename and the case insensitive of this ...
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Safari issue in the search bar

I'm having an issue with Safari version 13.0.5 (15608.5.11). This issue is happening only on Safari and it appeared recently. The problem occurs when searching in the search bar and trying to select ...
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Multiple Words Search in a single PDF with Mac

I am looking for any software for Mac (free or not) that is capable to use boolean operator in search (within PDF). To be more precise I would like a software where if I put “apple OR orange OR banana”...
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Search inputs are synced accross applications, how to disable? [duplicate]

A colleague of mine has macOS 10.15 (Catalina) and complained about the following thing: He uses the search bar in Mail and searches for something. Then in Xcode he presses CMD+F and sees the same ...
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How can I search for meeting invites in Microsoft Outlook for Mac

I occasionally want to search through my Outlook inbox for emails containing Outlook calendar meeting invites (and updates). There is no obvious search option for this, even under the advanced search ...
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How to highlight all search results within the Terminal application screen buffer

In the past I had used iTerm2 which makes search a non issue. However it has showstopper bugs with pasting from the clipboard so I must use Terminal instead. It seems the latter does not make ...
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Add search criteria in the Finder in Catalina

I have a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15 inches, mid-2015) with a 2.8 GHz Intel quad core i7 processor, now running macOS Catalina 10.15.3. Before the upgrade, I could do a search as follows. Press ⌘ + F to ...
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How do I remove items from the Google Search section in iOS Safari?

How do I remove an item from the "Google" section of the suggestions that iOS Safari lists? Safari on iOS, as I have it configured, list suggested items in several sections when I begin typing in the ...
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macOS Music: Keyboard shortcuts: How to exit search? How to view library songs?

I'm used to viewing my library songs and hitting command-f to filter the list. Since upgrading from iTunes to Music this year, command-f triggers the bizarre new search that gives results as bubbles ...
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Outlook for Mac searching only the current folder

I am using Outlook v16.16.17 on macOS 10.14.6. The Outlook search (top right corner of Outlook, not Spotlight search) used to return everything. At some point, it started only returning items from the ...
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How do I search specified text in files on my Mac that are less than 20kb?

I created an SVG image a few months ago. Recently I found the file is lost, but I don't think I deleted it. I need to know how can I find this file by setting up these filters: only search for ...

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