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 do I know when my 100$ search ads promo credit is exhausted?

In Apple's terms for Search Ads Promo Credit thay say that you will not be notified. I currently have 30$ which I am spending on ads. But I also have the 100$ promo credit. I currently have only spent ...
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Omnikey for Safari 13?

Omnikey is a very useful Safari extension that allows searching user-selected webpages by entering user-selectable keys preceding the search term. For example, entering "w Los Angeles" in the Safari ...
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How can I Spotlight search exclusively in `.txt` files in `~/.` on my disk?

I was talking to Mr. Ramanujan at his desk when he gave me his cell phone number. I recall I had a text editor open and I wrote the number in a file. Normally I store such details in ~/phone-numbers....
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Search text annotations in Mac Preview

I've added text annotations to a pdf with Tools > Annotate > Text. I'd like to search the text for a specific word, like 'Todo'. Unfortunately, doing a cmd+F to search for this text doesn't work....
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Odd behavior in “Find and Replace” functionality, possibly a bug?

I have just noticed an odd behavior with Find and Replace: if any matches are found, the replaced string is first inserted at the current insertion point (unexpected), and only afterwards used to ...
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How to fix Outlook for Mac search

Microsoft Outlook for Mac (version 16.21) is frequently unable to find email messages using the search feature, even in the case of emails that were sent relatively recently. I presume that the search ...
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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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macOS equivalent of the “where” command used in a Windows Command Prompt

In a Windows Command Prompt, I can find the location of things like Java and GIT by using the where command. For example, typing where java yields C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_05. What is the ...
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Apple Mail.app does not find any emails when searching (though they do show up in spotlight)

For a while now, the search function in Mail.app has not been functioning properly. Whenever I search for anything, even if I know that such an email exists, nothing comes up. What is odd is that if I ...
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Exclude files and folders from Finder search

I seek to excluding files when searching in Finder: When I perform a search in Finder, it will also show system and application files. I know I can save a search which only searches my user, but I ...
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How can I use Regular Expressions in Spotlight on Mountain Lion?

How can I use Regular Expressions in Spotlight on Mountain Lion? I want to use my knowledge of regular expressions to make my search results more exact.
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Search for all files whose parent is a specific folder

I'm trying to create a smart search which will match the top-level contents of all folders with a specific name. E.g., imagine I apply this search to "foo" in the following folder structure: /foo/x /...
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Text search in PDF files with iPadOS 13

In iOS 12 the Preview builtin in the Files opens a PDF file nicely but there is no text search possibility (magnifier glass). To find a word in a large pdf document it is necessary to reopen the file ...
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“Today” search in Finder doesn't work after saved

If you type "today" in the Finder search box, it allows you to create a search of all files that have been modified today: and then click on Today: And you can see, I only have 39 objects modified ...
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In Search/Spotlight, can you exclude files within $HOME/Library?

I am trying to make some Smart Folders to compensate for the woefully useless Recents folder but I am having some problems trying to filter out things I don't want to appear. One of them is excluding ...
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Fully disable Spotlight Search

I would like to know if there is any way to disable Spotlight Search, even when an user goes to Settings -> Spotlight Search, and change the options there. That's mainly because anyone could still ...
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Sublime Text like fuzzy filesystem search for Mac OS X

Currently I am using Alfred's filesystem navigation capabilities. It's pretty awesome, but sometimes I want fuzzy-search to match not only the filename but the full path. E.g. I want to find a pdf ...
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how can I filter out unwanted search results in Alfred (ie node_modules folder, caches)

Been a user of Alfred for a long time, however whenever I search anything I get a lot of FUD results due to alfred also indexing all my web project node_modules directories. Is there any way to path-...
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Smart Folder from arbitrary script output?

This is a long shot, but is it possible to create a Smart Folder which, instead of building its search using the Search Criteria UI, but instead use the properly formatted output of necessary for a ...
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Software for managing Word files (doc, docx) archive

I have an archive of .doc/.docx files, which I'm frequently using to pull some information. I'm looking for some software that would allow me to search through the content of all these files (Mac OS X ...
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Mail.App, Rules, Regular Expression or content search, Base64

Will the Mail.App (on Mojave) search within the base64 encoded parts of a message with mail rules? It looks like it only searches the text. I'm not looking for it to decode the base64, rather just ...
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Results of saved search disappear after showing search criteria

I have some saved searches that were created by a utility. I'm now in the directory ~/Library/Saved Searches. If I get info on the saved search file, I can see its query. (kMDItemSupportFileType != '...
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Search Issues on MacOS [duplicate]

For the past 2-3 months, I am having a weird issue on my Macbook Air. I was hoping if someone here can help me out. First, spotlight stopped searching on my mac. In the picture below, I am searching ...
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Why doesn't iTunes allow to search for podcasts related to Uyghurs?

It just occurred to me while trying to locate an old podcast on Uyghurs that iTunes doesn't allow to filter your podcasts based on that word, but allows to filter podcasts for other words such as ...
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Outlook 2016 Search no results 16.16.8

We've been having a issue at our work where a handful of users have a problem with the search in Outlook 2016 for Mac. We have tried re-indexing their Spotlight. Doesn't resolve the problem. We have ...
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How do I change the Services sub component to not use Safari web browser

When I right click and use the "Search Google for" different things happen. For one, if I am in Chrome it opens a new tab in Chrome and searches as I want. However, if I use this menu anywhere else in ...
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Creating a search engine within Numbers on a Mac

I want to know if it’s possible to create a search box directly within my Numbers document without the use of scripting, automator or terminal. The idea is that users could enter search terms in the ...
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Thumbnail preview for search results on NTFS drive

Image file icons are not shown in thumbnail preview when viewing search result. It is shown in thumbnail preview when on NTFS drive, normal browsing, not search result on HFS/APFS drive, either ...
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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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How do I get a lone missing app to appear in Spotlight searches?

When I enter a string that matches part of the name of an application on Mac, the OS X Spotlight search feature will suggest apps for me to launch. This works for every app except one: Mathematica: ...
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How do I find all files of a specific type that are outside of a folder?

I want to find all .app files on my Mac that aren't in the Applications folder. How do I do this? Please unmark as duplicate 1st point: The suggested dupe's answer explains how to get a list of all ...
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Why do some app spotlight results show the “.app” extension, but not all?

Even though I've explicitly set the Finder preference to display all file extensions, I'm still finding that some apps do not show the file name extension in their Spotlight result. Here are some ...
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Recents not updating with new files in High Sierra

There has been a lot of wingeing over the loss of "All My Files" in favor of "Recents" in High Sierra, and I am beginning to understand why. For one, it seems to be an opaque tool and I have yet to ...
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Safari URL search uses yahoo instead of DuckDuckGo

I have DuckDuckGo set as my preferred search engine in Safari in both Safari > Preferences and in the URL search bar. However, when I type a search in the URL search bar Safari always uses Yahoo. How ...
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How to reset or rebuild application search database in ios?

I am having a strange problem on ios. When i search for any app by typing its name in the search screen, the corresponding app shows up, WITH THE EXCEPTION, of firefox for ios. Its odd to me that my ...
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Spotlight re-indexing takes too long or doesn't work

Issue After forcing Spotlight to reindex, no files or directories can be found. Setup I've got a MacBook Pro 15" 2017 with a 512 GB SSD: 250 GB main volume (36 free) and a BOOTCAMP partition (not ...
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Does anyone find that spotlight forgets docx files every day?

For setup, we've been dealing with spotlight issues for 4 years on two MacBooks with my wife's files. We've done all the usual tricks (for example spotlight privacy tab, sudo mdutil -E / ) and they ...
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Search file system for multiple search terms (bulk search finder)

I have a list of over 200 partial file names: Apple Orange Banana ... I want a text file with a list indicating which of them exist inside an mp3 file on my hard drive. I can type them one-by-one ...
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Books - PDF - Preview - Search : “No Results Found”

I recently upgraded from High Sierra to Mojave, and consequently iBooks became Books. I now have an issue with Books which was not present in iBooks. I have stored many PDFs iBooks. Clicking on one ...
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How To Search For Property List Files That Contain A String On Mac

Is there a way to search for all property list files that contain a certain string? Spotlight doesn't search inside .plist files. Yes, I have 'System Files Are Included'. For example, say a plist (...
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How to prevent “smart searching” in Safari?

Suppose I am trying to search for information about this file: /etc/inetd.conf If I paste the following into Safari's search bar: "/etc/inetd.conf" Safari tries to be clever and converts it into : ...
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Excluding specific file names and types (not categories, not folders) from Spotlight

How can I completly and permanently exclude specific files (with names like readme or general file formats like .php) from Spotlight search? One practical example: I have important notes saved as ...
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Spotlight doesn't work anymore in OS X Mountain Lion

I can't get Spotlight to search for any documents. When I search the Finder for documents, nothing happens and the Spotlight search through the menu bar only shows up web searches.
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macOS High Sierra, Messages won't search at all

I just got a new 2018 Macbook Pro, so I'm in the process of migrating from my 2013 MBP to the new one. I don't trust the Migration Assistant due to numerous bad past experiences, so I do this kind of ...
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Outlook for Mac 2016, Gmail accounts and Smart Folder / Search showing message more than once

Environment OS: macOS 10.13.4 Application: Outlook for Mac 2016 (Insider Slow and Insider Fast) Accounts: Gmail Accounts I'm switching from Apple Mail to Outlook for Mac 2016. In doing so, I ...
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Search not working in Preview.app

Viewing a pdf with Preview, I do cmdF to bring up a search box and then enter a word and hit enter. Basically nothing happens even if it's a word that's obviously present. Sometimes if I smash my ...
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Search for emails within specific folders

Presently, if I do a search in Apple Mail it searches everything. This is fine most of the time, but sometimes I want to just be able to select a folder and then search only the emails in that folder. ...
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How to perform a serial number search?

I am looking for a way to search the serial number (of Apple products such as iPhones, iPads, Macs, etc.), and get information about the original configuration of that specific device. I am aware of ...
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Can you search Filenames in Spotlight as opposed to all metadata and contents by default?

I understand there is a dropdown menu in the spotlight search to select "Filenames" in spotlight, but is there a way to make this your default when searching?
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Safari search google directly on right click highlighted link text

I am using Safari 11 on macOS 10.13. Just wondering why right clicking the link text would make "Search with Google" moved to "Services"? Thanks. Normal Search with Google: More steps for a Google ...