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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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Spotlight "Indexing and searching disabled." message in terminal on OSX. Why?

My spotlight searching hasn't worked for quite some time and I've tried everything I could find on Google. I can't search for anything on my MacBook.. literally nothing shows up. I'll list the things ...
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Does Apple provide a web site with content of `man` pages for the command-line commands bundled with Mac OS X?

I want to provide URL links to man page content at apple.com as an authoritative source of information. Describing and quoting the local man page is awkward. Does Apple provide man pages on the web?
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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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Search for emails from not a particular user or subject in Apple Mail

I am using Apples's Mail application for a while. I know that to search for mails from a particular user, I need to use from: abc@gmail.com But I need to search for emails that are not from a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How Can I Search A Specific Type of File in Mac?

Is there any way to search a specific type of file using Spotlight? I remember there was a special command or something that I had to put in front of the search phrase but I cannot remember it now. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Quick search in folder by key press

I switched from PC to Mac, in pc when you're in explorer, you press a key and it highlights the first result of a file/folder that starts with the pressed key, and when you press again it goes to ...
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Spotlight internet search with non-google search engine

I would like to be able to search DuckDuckGo from spotlight. I am aware that pressing ⌘ + B in spotlight will search the web in your default browser (I use Firefox), however this always defaults to a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a way to reset search in Mail?

I'm not sure how everyone is doing this. But I do roughly 20-30 mail searches a day. But when the search is done and now I want to see the top of my most recent email (for new emails and whatnot). ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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