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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to completely disable, not just hide, Siri Suggestions in iOS?

I'm trying to turn off Siri Suggestions in iOS, with the goal of not having my device build patterns of what I do (regardless of whether it sends them, which it probably doesn't). I've turned off all ...
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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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how to search files modified between a specific time in a date

In mac os, how can I search the files modified or used within a specified timespan on a date? For example i want to get the files used between 10am to 4pm on 10/30/2018. Can this be done either via ...
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Searching for “all” “rented for 0.99” on iTunes Store API?

So, I've been trying to figure out how to replicate 99rental.com behaviour (it fishes the "0.99$ rental of the week" for the U.S. iTunes Store) for the Finnish iTunes Store. So far I've gotten up to ...
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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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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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Is there a way to get OSX Finder to search through .ts (textscript) files?

I really like using OSX's finder to quickly find a particular file and its content based on search, I need to work on in my web projects. We often have 100s upon 100s of separate files and I need to ...
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How to exclude a filename pattern in Finder search

I'm interested in how to negate a search pattern in Finder, something like not *-2.jpg or foo*.txt and not *bar.txt.
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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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Hide Everything For Cmd+Space Spotlight Search but Applications

I am trying to use Spotlight as a way to solely launch my most used applications. A lot of them have similar names, so for me Spotlight displaying in a linear down list works much better then lets ...
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Is there a way to search in current folder in file open dialogs?

In normal finder window, I have set it to search in current folder by default. However, when I want to open a file in the open file dialog, the search is still a global Mac search. Is there anyway ...
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Spotlight finds Notes via magnifying glass, but not via Finder “Find” or mdfind

I discovered that Spotlight can find my Notes if I just use the magnifying class icon in the main menu bar, but not if I open a Finder window and use command-F. I've always assumed these were just ...
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iOS app search ads keyword tool says “You have no more recommended keywords for this app”

We use the keyword popularity indicator under Advanced campaign editor at http://app.searchads.apple.com (described here) to determine the popularity for keywords in the App Store. However, as of ...
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Convert MS Word DOC and DOCX file to RTF keeping modification date

I've got a folder full of about 2000 MS Word (DOC and DOCX) files that I need to do complex searches in -- for example, finding documents that contain John but not John Doe. Or 21,000 but not 21,000,...
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How can I search 360,000 files, about 280 GB?

I have a folder (technically in this case, a read-only mounted disk image) containing a ton of data I got by running Data Rescue (a data recovery app) on one of my large server drives. I did several ...
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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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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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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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Path bar High Sierra doesn't work with search results on SMB fileserver

Yosemite High Sierra Hi there! At our Prepress department I’ve updated some iMacs from Yosemite to High Sierra. When I search in Yosemite on the SMB fileserver for a specific file, I see after a ...
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Copy Omnikey shortcuts to another computer

I use the Omnikey extension on Safari 11.1, and find it very useful. It allows immediate access to the search function on various websites through Safari’s address bar, merely by typing a keyletter ...
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Spotlight Search by Full Path?

When performing a Spotlight search, either through the Finder or via terminal commands, is it possible to filter results against the full-path of a file, or at least the name of it's parent folder? ...