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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Shift+Delete macOS equivalent?

So, the particular Shift+Delete that I'm referring to is on a website like Reddit or any website with a search bar, on Windows, one can delete past searches by selecting an item and press the shift ...
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Highlight all instances of a search in Preview

When I use Command+F to search for a word or phrase in Preview, it finds all instances of the search in the document, but only highlights the matched areas when I click on a specific page on the ...
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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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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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How can I stop sharing Find/Replace fields between apps?

For some baffling reason, Apple thinks that whatever I search for in one app will be the same thing that I want to search for in another app. This results in my actual search terms being overwritten ...
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What file types does Finder search the *content* of?

I noticed that the Search bar in Finder not only searches the filenames, but also the contents of some types of files. It appears that the search includes the content of all text files, and even some ...
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Finder search of string erroneously returns no results yet substring correctly returns results

Encountering a really bizarre error on a new iMac (5K, Late 2015) that is running Sierra. There is a folder called "Job applications" in my Documents folder that shows up in a Finder search of This ...
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The mystery of lost email: why can't Mail.app find some mails in the mailbox?

I have recently upgraded to Yosemite, and eventually to El Capitan. Together with the update I decided to change my mail client from Thunderbird (which I also use on my linux machine) to Apple Mail. ...
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Chrome-like inline search highlighting in Safari?

I just switched over from using Chrome to Safari and I really like it, but I find the search function in Safari very limiting. Are there any extensions for Chrome-like highlighting in Safari? For ...
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To search text layers of DjVu -files

I would like to expand the system search to DjVu -files or find an alternative way to do this. My current OS X is Yosemite 10.10.2 but this can a Unix tool tool. DjVu contains an OCR text layer, ...
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Enlarging the omnibar in Safari 8

I am using Safari 8.0.2. Safari 8 introduced some really great features, but it made the omnibar tiny - it now occupies less than a third of the toolbar, and it seems impossible to adjust its size. I ...
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Is it possible to remove Web Searches from Spotlight?

when I am searching anything with spotlight a category Web Searches appears at the bottom of the results. Clicking these links Safari opens and would search the web or wikipedia. But I never use these ...
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Can I make Mail.app search Received: headers?

I'm running 10.6.8 and I set up a smart mailbox with two conditions: one, to look in a specific folder, and two, to match any recipient = recipient2@foo.com. Problem: Mail.app doesn't seem to search ...
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Change Siri Search Engine iOS 9

I'm using Siri on an iPad Pro and I've set the default search engine in Settings > Safari to Bing but when I search for something with Siri it defaults to Baidu. I know that the default search engine ...
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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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“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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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 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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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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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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“Enable Quick Website Search” saving websites while unchecked?

These are my search settings on MacOS Sierra, Safari 11.0x or Safari 11.1 Beta, no difference. "Enable Quick Website Search" is unchecked. "Include Safari Suggestions" is unchecked. "Include ...
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IPhone app that allows search for string inside .js,.html files?

Is there any app that allows me search for string inside huge list of .js,.html,.php files without opening individual files?I have tried an app called Documents to no avail. (Just like Search for ...
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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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Safari does not go back to Google when search was issued in URL line

I enter some search words in the URL line of Safari. Upon pressing ENTER, I get the Google search result page. I click on one of the search results and of course, Safari takes me to that page. ...
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Batch Change application association of found files in different places

I'd like to associate different sets of pdf files to open with different applications depending on in which path these reside. All files are typically in different places. Some exists inside bundles. ...
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Google Search asks for my location once a day on my iPhone

On my iPhone, when I perform a search on Google in Safari, once a day it will ask for my location. So, it won't ask for that day, and then the next day, when I perform a Google search, it will ask for ...
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Why can't Spotlight in El Capitan easily find the obvious?

Spotlight in El Capitan is supposed to be more inclusive and "smart" by helping the user find what s/he needs. However, since upgrading to El Capitan, I've found that the only way to get Spotlight to ...
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Safari searchbox doesn't save page in the history

When I use searchbox (the same text area used for the URLs) and Google Page is loaded, after clicking on a result, if I try to undo to the previous Google Page, the undo button appears disabled. How ...
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How can I filter iTunes songs with spaces in them?

When I use the iTunes library text filter option to search for love with, I get the song I'm in love with the hero but also several hits for song titles where the words love or with appear separately. ...
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Preview search function returns blank results

I'm having trouble finding pages when I query for a string in Preview, where actual results are mixed in with meaningless, blank results. For example, when I search for B-tree in my algorithms book, I ...
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Finder Search attribute “Tags”

It looks like the search attribute "Tags" is no longer available in the Mountain Lion Finder. I used this to quickly find Open Meta Taggged files on my Mac by means of a Smart Folder. Is there an ...
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How to setup a Mac for kiosk mode video presentation?

My situation is: 2 iMacs (Lion), one displays a slide show and the other one a video. If a user comes to the iMac and wants to play the video again, he should be able to play the video with one click ...
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Finder / spotlight / mail search not working

For the second time in a relatively short period I am having issues with the search function on my macbook. Whether in spotlight, Mail app, or Finder search results return nothing. If I reboot the ...
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How do I search Recent Calls on iPhone?

I am looking for a phone number in my history. All I know is the area code 808, which will narrow it down immensely, and its having occurred between a month and two months ago. How can I search the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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mac search for file type

I am trying to find mp3 and mp4 on my external hd. I tried to follow these methods here. How Can I Search A Specific Type of File in Mac? This did not work kind: mp3 kind: mp4 This was the only ...
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Finder search differentiates between files of kind CSS and Cascading Style Sheets

when I do a search for files of kind CSS I get 2 results when I should have many but if I search for files of kind Cascading Style Sheet, I get all the results except the other 2... What's going on ...
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iOS7, ability to search web via Spotlight search

Prior to iOS7, if someone wanted to search the web, generally the easiest way to do so was by entering your query into the spotlight, and then just clicking 'Search Safari/Wikipedia'. After upgrading ...
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Analyze a bunch of files and categorize them according to their content, content-duplicates possible with different format

I have material such as images, PDFs, DOC and DOCX with a lot of duplicated items but in different format. I may have a paper in PDF and then I have it also in DOC and DOCX. I want to somehow ...
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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 ...