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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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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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Outlook v16.47 search results are inconsistent on Big Sur

OS: 11.2.3 Outlook: v16.47 I have an Exchange account set up on Outlook that is showing inconsistent search results. When I search for from:Person1 the data comes back exactly as I would expect with ...
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Photos Not Appearing in Photos Search Bar Results

Desktop OS High Sierra 10.13.6 Many of my pictures are not retrieved by the name/keyword search in top-right of the Photos program. The same portion of my pictures also appear to have vanished from ...
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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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finder search not showing thumbnails

When I search filenames of images in Finder, using the box in the upper right corner, the result does not display the thumbnails, see attachment where I searched for 2015. Otherwise the thumbnails ...
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Searching by Tags in ~/Library/Mail/ folder

My goal. I want to search by Tags in ~/Library/Mail/V… folder. It's needed for Tagging Mails according this: How tag emails in Apple Mail? What I did. Unfortunately there is possible to search by name ...
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Folders appear as blanks in external drive search

Recently when I search for folders on the external drive I have mounted, the folders appear as blanks: I am running macOS Big Sur, and I have already tried inspecting these files. Under General I ...
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Remove specific top hits from Spotlight results

For some searches, Spotlight shows strange top hits. I often want to open the "Sound" System Preferences pane using Spotlight. But when I type sound it always shows "DaftCloud for ...
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Finder not searching specific folder

So when I search through finder on my mac, files in a specific folder won't show up. I can look at the files in the folder, but I can't search file names. This occurs both when I search "This Mac&...
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How to search for a message in Apple Messages app and read messages before and after

I frequently need to search for messages on the apple Messages app (on my mac). After I find the right message, I sometimes want to look at the messages that were sent before and after. It's easy ...
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How to escape square brackets in Preview search?

I need to search for a citation in a PDF document opened with Preview. The citations are in the form [42] and if I enter [42], Preview search interprets it as a character class in a regex, so I get ...
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How to hide links when searching messages in iOS 14?

When I use the search bar in messages I am bombarded with links to websites, and all I want to do is search through my messages history. Has Apple sacrificed usability and "It just works" ...
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Spotlight crashing on `1` and only `1`

I have a really weird spotlight problem and it is driving me insane. When I open the spotlight search and type 1 the search box disappears as if it crashed. For example, if I intended to search for ...
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How to use a custom search engine in Safari?

I am experimenting with a new search engine, https://neera.ai/ and I want to make it my default search engine on Safari. Though Safari doesn't give me an option to specify in a new search engine. ...
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Searching for emails containing specified text string in body of email messages in MacOS mail

Does anyone know how to search within Apple Mail (on MacOS, or iOS) for emails containing a specific text string (e.g. MacBook). It used to do this by default, but it seems that more recently it is ...
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Absurd finder search results on my mac

I have MS Teams installed on my MacBook pro. So I set to find it and tried using finder. However, I got the following search results: All the initial search results have no similarity in their names ...
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Where is the "raw query" search option in the "New Outlook" for Mac interface (O365)

I'm using a work machine (Catalina) with an Office 365 subscription and gave the "New Outlook" toggle (Outlook 16.45) a go, however, I'm not finding any of the "advanced" search ...
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Spotlight Text file Search - Finding location of the phrase in spotlight preview itself [duplicate]

I'm trying to figure out a solution to this. When I search for a phrase in Spotlight, it shows me the file which contains the search phrase. However my file is around 12000 lines and I was wondering ...
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Since updating to Big Sur Mail.app search *of any kind* is not working [duplicate]

I simply do not get the "All Mailboxes" mailbox icon in the mailbox panel of OSX. I followed the directions here: https://www.macobserver.com/tips/how-to/fixing-broken-mail-search-macos/ So ...
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bulk search and copy files on a mac

So i had previously used a software where i could paste a list of file names and automate it to copy all those files and paste into destination folder. Unfortunately i am unable to find it. So the ...
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Search as you type in Finder

I was on Windows few years back, and in that I could search any file or folder by typing out it's name inside Windows explorer. But I don't find a similar functionality in Finder on Mac. What I mean ...
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"locate" returns relative instead of absolute paths

I have the following entry in root's crontab: 0 */4 * * * cd /private/var/root && ./locate.updatedb I have an alias for locate in ~/.zshrc: alias locate='locate -d /var/db/locate.database' ...
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Why has the basic search function on external drives stopped working for one particular drive?

I use several NTFS external disks with my Catalina Mac (for PC file exchanges). None of them are Spotlight-indexed, and that's fine as it is not necessary: macOS has no trouble seaching the disks ...
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What Does Spotlight Indexing Actually Do?

A similar older question already exists, but even that has no definitive answer. I hope somebody can give a clear explanation and answer with regards to macOS Mojave and above, and my doubts below. I ...
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Mail on Big Sur does not reliably find dollar values

As an online shopper, I regularly use Amazon to purchase lots of stuff. When I reconcile my credit card spending, I use Mail.app to search all mailboxes for specific dollar figures (e.g. command-...
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MacOS limit Spotlight results to .app files

I have already limited Spotlight search to Applications inside System Preferences > Spotlight However, this seems to actually just limit searches to the directory /Applications. It means there are ...
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How to make exact phrase searches that ignore word-ending in preview

When I use the search phrase "2019 regula", I'm looking for results including "2019 regulation", "2019 regulatory", "2019 regulator" etc., but preview will only ...
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Spotlight Recursive Search in Finder

How do I have a recursive search for filetypes in a Finder folder? no AppleScript no Terminal 100% Spotlight Is this possible? Looking for mp3 and jpg file types. I am using El Capitan (macOS 10....
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Advanced Finder Search - shown data different from file data?

I have an advanced finder search based on last modified date. It shows a directory as being last modified on Nov 5th, but if I go to that folder itself and do "Get Info" it shows last ...
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Change web search engine for Spotlight

Search the web from Spotlight (⌘ CommandSpace) by entering search text and pressing ⌘ CommandB. The expected result of opening the default web browser (Firefox) and completing the web search occurs. ...
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How do I search for screenshots of the lock and home screen on Apple Photos for Mac?

I would like to optimize my photo library by deleting screenshots of my of home screen and lock screen. I use screenshots quite a bit for work, so looking through all of my screenshots would be quite ...
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How do I search for blank photos on Apple Photos for Mac?

I would like to optimize my photo library by deleting the photos that came out underexposed or overexposed to the point that there isn't an image. Is there a way to search for these photos on Apple ...
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Enable spotlight search on an ExFAT volume

Is there any way to enable Spotlight search on an external exFAT formatted USB drive? I already tried enabling it with mdutil (sudo mdutil -vEs -i /Volumes/USBdrive) but the volume status is always: # ...
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Notes.app list search in a specified folder in mac

The macOS Notes.app list search will search all the folders in the current account. I am wondering if it can be done in one specified folder.
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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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