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 to disable Safari top hit?

As of Safari 13.1 (perhaps earlier versions as well), Safari has changed the search bar behavior: where the first result used to always be "do a search on search engine with the text I entered", the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Spotlight search of iCloud folder on Catalina is slow - is this normal? What can I do to improve?

Here are the details of my issue: Since I'm in an all-Apple ecosystem, I've switched to using the iCloud folders as my "general" sync tool (vs FreeFileSync, which I pay the premium for and use when ...
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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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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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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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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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Finder content search for exact string

In Finder, I have searched for files with a content which contains a string "<tableview ". Result list has files which content contains strings like " < tableview.frame.height&...
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Search e-mail message data not including a specific phrase in Outlook

In Microsoft Outlook on MacOS - How do I search for e-mail messages that do not include a specific phrase in the message data, including the header? Example: I could do a search for "stack" ...
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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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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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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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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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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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iPhone 13 pro search refreshing on input

I just upgraded to the new iPhone 13 pro and after setting it up I noticed that the search keeps refreshing when I enter a specific characters… :) Any ideas what can be wrong? Video iOS 15.1 (19B5052f)...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Uninstall Vshieldscanner OSX

When I first got my Mac about 4 years ago, I thought it'd be sensible to install McAfee VShield that was offered by my network provider. Soon learned this was unnecessary and not recommended. I can't ...
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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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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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Can't search exact file name, with extension, in Catalina Spotlight

I used to be able to launch Spotlight (command + spacebar) then search for filename.txt, but in Catalina, that no longer works. However, if I search for just the filename that will show some results, ...
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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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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. ...