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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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Change order of search results (Siri) on modern iOS?

Legacy iOS versions had a Spotlight area in Settings > General to control the order of the results. I cannot find any such setting on iOS 16. Is it no longer possible? For example, I would like ...
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Search based on file contents and recency, NOT file type or name

Back when unix was unix, we could search our entire file system with any ordering of priorities. Right now I want to find some notes I made within the last month about (political) power, and I don't ...
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Apple Mail save search function not working

It used to be easy to save a mail search as a smart mailbox. After Monterey they changed the user interface. Now when you do a search a "Save Search" button appears. But it is always dimmed ...
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Finder Search, Outlook search not working after Migration Assistant

I migrated from a 2015 MacBookPro to a new 2022 MacBook Pro with M1. The MacOS was updated as part of the Migration process to 12.5.1. Finder and Outlook Search worked fine on the 2015 laptop. Finder ...
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Why does Finder not search Python (.py) files for content?

I want to search all my .py files for a certain expression, but it seems that Finder does not look at their content. Is this normal? What can I do? (This question was also raised here.)
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Find password protected files on macbook pro High Sierra

Is it possible to search for password protected Microsoft office (word or excel) files? I have forgotten some passwords and am trying to recover them. I noticed a password protected file is not '...
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How do I prevent Google Chrome menu search from searching my bookmarks?

I have a lot of bookmarks. Whenever I search menus on Google Chrome (cmd-shift-/) it appears to be searching through all of the bookmarks and it's very slow and actually can crash Chrome. Is there a ...
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How to see the end of Safari search suggestion on iOS?

I was wondering if there's a possibility to show the full Safari search suggestion instead of just showing ...? Like here: What's the point of showing me just "be...". Is there an option to ...
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How can I force macOS's "look up" feature to use my default browser to search?

In system preferences, I have my default browser set to Google Chrome. When I am using Chrome, if I select a word and force-click it, I get the usual dictionary pop-up, but if the word is not found in ...
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How to reset Spotlight's suggestion heuristics?

When I search for an app by name, Spotlight usually finds that app before it makes other suggestions. But when I was first setting up this new laptop, I mistakenly chose the web-search item for "...
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Can I revert Apple Mail to its previous behavior with regard to the search box?

In Mac OS 10.14.6 and earlier, when I searched in Mail, it would filter whatever folder I was viewing, but then if I clicked on a different folder I would be shown the full contents of that folder. ...
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Is there a way to exclude source code file 'kinds' from a search of all text files?

I'm trying to search all text files for those that contain a specific string, which is common, like "rights" — but exclude all source code text files. how do I do this in the finder mart-...
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Tab equivalent for Mac while searching from website in chrome bar

For ex. In Windows Chrome if you type youtube.com on bar and press tab it enables a textbox to search on youtube, What's the equivalent in Mac OS?
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Configure Spotlight to follow symlinks or search multiple paths

When using the search box in a Finder window, I would like to configure Spotlight so that a search will follow symlinks in the directory tree below the folder being searched. For example, I symlinked ...
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How can I restrict Searches in iBook on my iPad to only the content in my Library?

I have been using iBook as a songbook so have hundreds of documents. If I search for a keyword because I can't remember the exact song title, I get lists of hits off the web instead of what's in my ...
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Change Spotlight web search default keybindng

The default keybinding to search the web from Spotlight (⌘ CommandSpace) is ⌘ CommandB. Is it possible to change it? I haven't even found this keybinding documented on official website. (macOS Mojave ...
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How did I accidentally summon this helpful Finder search feature, and what is it called?

In MacOS Catalina (10.15.7) I somehow inadvertently turned on this very nice search feature in a Finder window. I can select several search criteria in pulldown menus and build a search via GUI rather ...
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Finder not filtering searches when pressing 'Enter'

What I'm trying to achieve: Search through a bunch of files using the search bar in Finder. How I tried to achieve it: By typing a word into the Finder search bar and pressing 'Enter' How the system ...
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Find video files across drives and pass to VLC

Over 8 or so external hard drives, I have ~40,000 video files, acquired over the course of 15 years of video production. On our screen in the lobby of our studio, we want all of these files to shuffle ...
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Spyware in MacOS: Spotlight Search Privacy

I have Macbook Pro 14.2 from 2017. I don't have Apple ID and I don't own Iphone or any other apple products. I wanted to know are Spotlight search private? Or, in my case is it possible to mask my ...
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Search for files that are NOT a specific kind on my Mac

I am trying to work out which fonts I have on my machine that are Type 1 Postscript fonts so I can avoid problems when Adobe stops supporting them next year. I have used kind:”type 1 outline font” ...
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How do I make searching unique per application or window?

I have iTerm2 and Chrome open. In iTerm2 I press Cmd+F to search for "###". Then in Chrome I search for something on the page using Cmd+F like the word "event" When I go back to ...
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Prevent deleted search text from immediately refilling

If I use a search field, perform the search, then wish to remove the last word, it will immediately refill automatically as the 'last remembered search term'. I'm seeing this behaviour on Mojave with ...
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Problems with searching in finder, spotlight and file-management on Mac

I got some problem with indexing of disk, Spotlight, searching in finder and file-management.(MacBook m1 2020) Finder is loading a lot of time, searching in it does not work, Spotlight does not work ...
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Folder in external SSD not found by Finder Search even though it exists

I have two folders in an external SSD with the name "sumatera": "REGION SUMATERA" and "REGION SUMATERA 500". However, when I search for it with the Finder's Search ...
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Folders disappearing from search result list after consulting them

We have a customer that is experiencing a strange behavior when he searches folders on his MacBook (Catalina 10.15.7, i7 2.2Ghz, 16GB Ram). For example : he searches for "2022-D00170" which ...
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mdfind using -name option

I get this result: user@10 $  mdfind kind:application -name "Seashore" -onlyin /Volumes/WD\ Elements /Volumes/WD Elements/backup 2018/Desktop/Seashore.app /Volumes/WD Elements/backup Juli ...
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Finder search doesn't work when searching individual folders in iCloud Drive

A few months ago I switched from backing up to an external drive using Time Machine to just having everything on my iCloud Drive and it automatically backing up any changes I make. Since then, I've ...
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Difference between "matches" and "contains" in search criteria

In my Finder search criteria, when I am filtering on a text field I have various options. One of them is "matches", and the other is "contains", but aside from establishing that ...
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Can Safari be set to "search on type" within the page displayed without having to use CMD + F?

This used to be a feature of Firefox, yeah, the awesome browser that would blow Google Chrome out of the water on any day of the week and twice on Sunday. So, if it is, how is it possible on Safari?
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Find which Logic Pro project files contain specific plugin?

Do you think it might be possible to search a folder of Logic Pro session files and figure out which of them uses a certain plugin? I'm preparing to upgrade to the latest Mac OS, and before I do, I'll ...
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The action “Find Finder Items” encountered an error: “Unable to search with Spotlight.”

EDIT: Ok I give up using Automator actions, probably it has something to do with my external drive being ExFat not indexed or something. If anyone has an AppleScript code or whatever workaround to ...
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How to search own library in macOS' Music?

In macOS' Music app, I'd like to be able to search only within my local library (I have no interest in the streaming service): However, there seems to be no options with the search bar, so it ...
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Is there any search tools like "everything" on MacOS?

Now I want to search a file exists or not on my mac, when I am using Windows, I can using the everything tool that searching any files less than 50ms on the disk, I was wonder if there is any tool ...
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Finder search for filename never seems to work

For instance, I have a file in ~/Downloads called "Franz Kafka.pdf". I know it is there: ls -l *Kafka* -rw-r--r--@ 1 me mygroup 9369233 Aug 21 2021 Franz Kafka.pdf Finder cannot find it....
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How to make the slack app appear in iOS search?

How do I make the slack app appear when I search for it in my iPhone? As you can see in the screenshots, the Gmail and Spotify apps have no such problem -- how do I make slack behave the same? /YGA
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Finder search shows no Email results - Spotlight preview does

Very strange ... I setup a new MBP 2020 Intel coming from an old MBP 2010 with High Sierra. I transferred everything to the new system, all now on 12.2, and everything is running - except one problem ...
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MacBook Air update to Big Sur broke my Spotlight search

I have been experiencing multiple issues since upgrading to Big Sur. My zsh terminal takes upto 30s to open (never happened before) My Firefox tabs crash when I wake my Mac from sleep Spotlight ...
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AppleScript; How do I run tell command when a specific text within a folder exists?

I just learned how this coding thing works today so bare with me if I go all noob on you & feel free to put me in my place for which I'm misinformed; tell me what's up ;) I have made a .app that ...
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Search Password Change Logs for Specific User?

Is there any way to check all password change logs for one specific user? Someone changed my user password and I could get my user back through the appleID and terminal password reset using safe mode. ...
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How do I search specific content in my recent files on MacOSX 12.1 (21C52)?

Is there a way to search some string in file content, that I can narrow down the following filters: Recently created (< 20 days). Text file (but not surely with a .txt extension). Might be in any ...
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How to search/locate text/pattern within a (long) e-mail being composed in built-in ios mail app (iPad, 14.8.1)?

Not trying to find a specific message containing the string, but within an e-mail being composed. Would be trivial on a computer or even using webmail (COMMAND-F, etc), but can't figure out how to ...
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Can Finder / Spotlight search for files by a specific time of day?

I have thousands of JPG images from a GoPro timelapse recorded in 5 minute increments throughout the day. I need to grab just the 12PM images, but i have to scroll down so far to get to the next file. ...
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Shell script for searching custom search engine no longer works in Catalina (Ruby)

I recently upgraded from Mac OS Mojave to Catalina. On Mojave, I used a quick action to perform web searches via Google's encrypted search engine at encrypted.google.com. The quick action script is ...
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Why does Safari's "Prevent Website Tracking" cause missing history after duck duck go

In Safari, I have Duck Duck Go as the default search engine. After searching from the "smart search" toolbar (i.e. where the URL is displayed), a Duck Duck Go search results page is shown. ...
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Force Notes app to OCR pasted screenshots

How to force Notes app to OCR pasted screenshots to make them searchable?
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Spotlight search useless for basic core apps

Why is the Spotlight search index not finding what seems to me to be the most obvious result for a core app? I search for the Calendar and it gives me a bunch of useless results. I did a fresh OS ...
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How to find out what action is caused by a shortcut?

I have a shortcut I know is causing an action, either in the app or in a service. Is there a good way to find out what it is? A "reverse search" of i.e. ⌘A and have a list of Select all in ...
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Music files presenting as documents in FINDER search results

Searching in Finder for a "pages" document. Results displaying file documents designated as documents, including .pdf files, are actually linked in the search results to music files instead. ...
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Strange Safari search bar issue

My wife just got a new MacBook Air. At the same time, she decided to switch to Safari after years of using Firefox. But something is driving her mad: when she types search terms into the address bar ...
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