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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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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“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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How to search for text within an app?

I use several news apps on my iPhone X. When I read an article, I often want to search for a specific term within the article (similar to Ctrl-F, "Find", in a browser). How do I do that?
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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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How can I search within documents from the Finder?

I scan documents (receipts, etc) PDFs and the software does OCR to make them searchable. I can search them from within Preview, but I'd like to be able to search within the documents in Finder (or ...
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Find queries appear automatically in the find fields for other applications [duplicate]

After years on a much older version of Mac OS, I'm now on v. 10.13.2, and I observe strange behavior when I use find functionality, in various applications. If I search for some string in one ...
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Searching for files on SMB share shows all files as question marks “?” on macOS High Sierra

Searching on SMB share in Finder on macOS High Sierra (10.13.3) shows all files names as "?". The correct kind and size is identified, it is just the name that is messed up. Browsing works fine and ...
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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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Search returns only 'older' emails

How do I fix my mail search feature on my Mac? Somehow my mail indexing has gotten "frozen" on my Mac (OS Sierra 10.12.6), so that messages newer than last June do not appear in searches. This ...
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Search for alias not finding files

I am running Yosemite on a Mac Pro Mid 2010. When I moved to an SSD for my boot drive, I started using Symbolic Linking so some apps would store their data on a regular HD. So, for example, I go to ...
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Smart search (save) - search folder names and list contents

I'm setting up a list of smart folders which will search inside my sample library folder called 'Samples'. Each Smart Search Criteria has some conditions, i.e. Name matches 'Bass' Duration is more ...
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How to find a set of files containing a certain phrase using MacOS graphical user interface

I am using a Macbook Pro with MacOS High Sierra. I have recently moved from Windows so I am quite new to Mac. I have a folder of Xml files. I am trying to find the set of one type of the Xml file and ...
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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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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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Can I sort finder results by multiple criteria at the same time?

The last files I interacted with are usually the ones I want to find quickly, but the column view in Finder only lets you sort by one criterion; (date added, date modified, date created etc.) at a ...
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Search directory of .psd files for specific text?

I have a directory of hundreds of Photoshop files (.psd) and need to locate files by searching for a string of text that exists within a file. Using Finder to search for "Contents" doesn't seem to ...
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AppleScript: How to search files in folder for string and show results in Finder?

I am trying to create an Automator-based Service that searches my computer for the selected text. (When I say "my computer," I specifically mean Macintosh HD, not This Mac, because This Mac includes ...
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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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In Mail app, how can I go (jump) to the folder (mailbox) of a selected message in a search result view or in a Smart Mailbox?

In Mail app I work with many smart mailboxes and I and usually need to jump to the mailbox where the message is really filed. It's the same with search results - I usually need to locate the folder (...
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iOS 11 & Apple Maps: Hide Search Box in Landscape Orientation

I’m not sure what that box is called, but it’s the one with the search at the top of it, and the history below. In Portrait Orientation you can swipe down on it and it reduces to a single search box. ...
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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 ...
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Numbers: Find a cell in a table (lookup) using multiple criteria

I'm using Numbers '09 (but can upgrade if need be). How can I find a value using multiple criteria? Let's say I have a table of flights, with columns for the flight date, flight number (including ...
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Permanently enable to show hidden/system files when searching in Finder

I've been searching for a lot of hidden/system files through the Finder recently and it's really annoying to activate the display of those system files manually each time (Tutorial for this here). So ...
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List of Metadata Attribute Aliases That I can Search for in Spotlight

If I open up Spotlight, I can use metadata attributes such as kind:pdf and date:today to refine my search. I'm curious if there's a way to list all of these attributes that I can use with this ...
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Can't search for files on Mac with just file labels

Since upgrading to MacOS High Sierra, I can't search for files using just labels anymore. For instance, I created a folder called "test", containing a folder called "folder", with the red label (...
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Searching by Finder Tags not working in Spotlight on macOS High Sierra

I started using Finder Tags very extensively a while ago. However, I noticed this strange bug (at least on my macOS High Sierra): Searching for tags by writing tag:<name_of_tag> is not working ...
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iOS 11: Allow searching for All Apps

Apparently iOS no longer automatically includes apps in the search. Frankly, that’s the only thing I ever search for. According to the accepted answer in Why is iOS unable to find my apps?, I need to ...
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Fixing app search in iOS 11 [duplicate]

Since updating to iOS 11, I've lost the ability to surface apps from the swipe-down Spotlight search field. This was my preferred method of launching apps as it was quite a lot more convenient than ...
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Why is iOS unable to find my apps?

Since updating to iOS 11, search is unable to find my apps. Is this a new feature of iOS 11; a bug; or something that will eventually resolve itself over time? I have so many apps that the only ...
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Search across all tabs in iTerm2

Is it possible somehow to search across all open tabs/sessions in iTerm2? I'd like to do something like a regular search (Cmd+F), searching the scrollback buffer, but across everything I have open ...
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EasyFind doesn't search inside .def files

EasyFind doesn't search inside files with the extension .def. Why is this? Is there a way to change this behavior?
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How to search for pictures of two people in iPhoto?

iPhoto has the ability to recognize faces. You can tag them with names, which I have done for my relatives. Now I want two find all pictures in which two specific people are. Just typing "A and B" in ...
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How to make a custom search engine in AppleScript

So I have a database of folders and files (.txt) and I'm trying to create a program that I can enter keywords and have it search those files, and it will output the text of any files containing the ...
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Spotlight search stopped suggesting my frequently-used app [duplicate]

I use Spotlight Search frequently to launch apps on my Mac, and it works perfectly. I use Telegram Desktop frequently by typing a few letters in Spotlight Search. I just type a few letters and tap ...
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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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Finder search *only* searches file-names (Macbook Air, El Capitan)

I'm on a Macbook Air, running El Capitan (10.11.6), and I'm not very knowledgeable about computers. I have a quick question about the Finder/Spotlight search. So, as a grad student, I have tons and ...
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Change url on safari search

I'm trying to move from chrome to safari, but there is something which I'm not able to do so far. I work with Jira, and when I try to browse a ticket for a known project, I can't edit the url to ...
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Terminal: grep recursive - don't search in symlink contents

When searching with grep -r, it avoids following symbolic links by default. This is true for directories, but grep still inspects the contents of files that are symlinks. For instance, if I have a ...
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How do I use a Saved Search as a Desktop Background Folder?

I want to use my movie library's Posters and Artwork as a cycling background. The problem is movie managers place each movie in a folder, and then a subfolder for artwork (jpgs). And choosing a Folder ...
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How to use EasyFind (or a similar application) to search inside ~/Library?

I would like to use EasyFind to search inside the folder ~/Library/Application\ Support/Anki2/. Unfortunately, the Library subfolder is not listed under the home folder in the Select A Folder... ...
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Internal RAID drive not searchable

I am having some problems searching and sorting data on my internal RAID drive. I have a Mac Pro tower (10.12.4) with five internal drives. One is a SATA SSD connected via PCIe as my boot disk (name: ...
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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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Firefox Command+K no longer opens search

In Firefox, pressing ⌘ cmd K used to open a search page. But as of recent updates, it only focuses the URL bar. I have the search bar hidden... so this sort of makes sense. However when I want to ...
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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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Application runs, but I can't find the .app file (Pages, Numbers)

If I open up a .pages or .numbers file on my computer (macOS 10.12.4), the respective applications open without delay. However, when I search for Pages.app or Numbers.app in Finder, I cannot find ...
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Preview does not find words correctly

I recently updated my OS to Sierra. The new Preview seems to have some serious bugs for searching words inside a document. 1st problem: certain words are not found despite Adobe acrobat reader is ...
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Spotlight for Safari tabs

Is there a way to commandspace (i.e. bring up Spotlight), type the name of an already open tab and bring it to the foreground? Or an app that does it outside of spotlight? I spend far too long ...
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How to search file name that contains asterisk (*)?

I want to search file name that contains asterisk (*), e.g. *abc.jpg xy*z.pdf 123*.txt How can I do that in Finder?
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How to make 'grep' work like in Ubuntu?

I tried to use grep to match one pattern on the terminal, but n o any result comes out. $ grep -R 'networks' grep: warning: recursive search of stdin I knew grep on macOS is based on BSD while grep ...
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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 ...