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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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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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Is there a way to search through a folder of files for a word in the code text?

I have a folder containing over 100 tiny json files, looking for a way to search through the actual code of these files for specific words and filter down to just the files that contain the search ...
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Weird Safari Search Bar Issues

Say for instance that I'm typing out a statement to search and I want to add addition words in the middle of that statement. The search bar would let me type the first letter and then the rest of the ...
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How would I view a list of file paths in a Finder window from command line output?

Is there any way to take a list of file paths from find (or alike) and view them in a Finder window? For example, say I'd like to see a single Finder window containing "all of the .mp3 files in ...
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Folders having numeric names don't appear on search results

I have been facing a problem with searching for folders having solely numeric characters for their names. They have stopped appearing in the results. I am using macOS Catalina. At first, I thought ...
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iPhone 13 pro search refreshing on input

I just upgraded to the new iPhone 13 pro and after setting it up I noticed that the search keeps refreshing when I enter a specific characters… :) Any ideas what can be wrong? Video iOS 15.1 (19B5052f)...
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iPhone Spotlight Search no longer working

I have iPhone SE 2020 running iOS 14.8. It seems all of a sudden my spotlight search has stopped working. Not only that, the Settings search, Apple Notes search and App Library search also is not ...
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After upgrade to Catalina getting error " gfind: failed to read file names from file system" when running glocate

I have installed GNU findutils via Homebrew and I use glocate to create a locate database. The following command worked perfectly under macOS High Sierra: sudo gupdatedb --localpaths=/ --prunepaths=/...
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Menu Bar: Reverse lookup menu item by keyboard shortcut

Searching the Menu Bar by Name When using the search field in the Menu Bar's help menu, you can look up menu items for the current application by name. For instance, if I search for "Save" ...
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Smart Folders Search Results have "Ghost" Files that won't go away

Summary: Creating a -F search in a finder window on an external drive will show file results that do not exist. These files have been renamed, moved, and/or deleted, yet the file will remain in the ...
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Find files with comments in Finder search?

How can I find all the files on my system that have a Finder comment (the one you can see in "Comments" when using "Get Info")?
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Searching Sheets in Numbers to Total an Amount

Im building a cookbook for a restaurant that I work at in Numbers and need to total the amount of supplies I need for an ordering guide. The ordering guide is as follows: I want the green cell to be ...
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hide safari and chrome internet results in spotlight searches [duplicate]

When i search for something using spotlight (CMD + SPACEBAR), I don't want to see anything related to internet searches using safari or chrome. Is there a way to disable spotlight from using these ...
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Finder Search Criteria not applied to "This Mac"

When applying search criteria to "This Mac" the results do not seem to match the parameters. But when I click on "Recent" then it does. I am running Catalina with the latest update....
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How to make spotlight search more effective at locating commonly used directories?

Spotlight Search - cmd + space - doesn't seem to find the Applications folder, despite it being on of the most well-known and important folders on the macOS: Same happens in a quick search for the ...
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Smart Folder for all images with current month and day

I want to create a Smart Folder showing all images with current month and day (for any year), but I don't find "month" in the list of available search attributes.
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How to find out, what I am able to look for in Spotlight

I am looking for a very good documentation or tool, that help's me to make better searches in spotlight.I have found some descriptions like: "https://developer.apple.com/library/archive/...
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Find recently modified image files in subdirectories on external volume

I recently modified some JPGs in a complex directory structure on an external volume on MacOS Catalina. The format of the files was DSC_####.jpg or _DSC####.jpg. I want to find all such files and sort ...
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What does Spotlight consider to be a 'Document'?

I have noticed that the Finder's Recent Smart Search Folder doesn't show several type of 'app document' file. The same is true if I create a new Smart Folder with the criterion set to Kind = Document. ...
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How to have path displayed in list when searching in finder?

So I am looking for util.js, and finder found many, but the path is not an option for display in the table. Is there a way to get the full path in the table as well? Otherwise I have to down-arrow ...
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