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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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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 ...
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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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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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Mac Preview: Search only in current page

When I search in Preview using cmd+F, I am redirected to the first page of the document. However, many times I am just trying to find the nearest appearance of a word inside the page I am reading. Is ...
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OSX won't search deep enough on external drive

When doing a search on my external drive (SSD) using Finder it only searches like 1, 2 or maybe 3 folders deep. I have to manually navigate deeper into folders, in order to increase my reach. I can't ...
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Understand Finder Find Results

I am looking in a folder for a file which contains path in its name. I enter path in the search box, and select it to search the current folder (which is my default anyway). The tool tip indicates ...
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Search file system for a similar image

Can anybody recommend a macOS application to search for images similar to a single candidate? I can find plenty of duplicate finders which search folders for duplicate or nearly duplicate images, but ...
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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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Alternative to Preview app to search for text in multiple documents at the same time

I need to search for texts in several PDF at the same time. Preview does the job: I select the files in the Finder and open them together in Preview. Then, searching for some text happens ...
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Use of regular expressions in macOS search fields

Does anyone know where I can find the docs describing Regex parsing capabilities of macOS search fields? What I mean, I'd like to read about the regex syntax rules that are allowed and parsed by the ...
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Shortcut on Mac: auto google a word/phrase in new window

When doing research, for example, this shortcut is a big help. You highlight a word or phrase on a webpage [then hold down the shortcut keys + hit spacebar, I think ] and it will open a new page with ...
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Using search bar in safari to search a specific site

One can do searches from the address bar in safari. However one can only specify one search engine to use. Id really like to specify that I want the search to happen in google/youtube/wikipedia etc. ...
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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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Not able to search installed Apps anymore

I use iphone 6s. whenever I need to run an app on iphone, I just search for the app. (using flashlight). Off late I have noticed that whenever I search for an app, it doesn't show the installed app ...
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How do I remove search suggestions from iOS Safari?

On macOS, Safari can be configured to provide search suggestions "from" a chosen search engine. A similar feature appears to be present in iOS, but it doesn't not work as expected: even when the "...
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Safari search suggestions reopen after search is completed

This is a really annoying bug I've been experiencing since a while. Enter a query in the search bar in Safari. A drop-down list of suggestions appear. I hit enter to perform the search, the ...
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Mac search no longer searching within files for text matches?

Good day, I recently noticed that my Mac is not searching inside files any more. If you notice, when you put in a search string at the search bar in Finder, Mac will also look up that string inside ...
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How to find files in different specific folders?

I have several folders named "auto_saves" around my hard drive. I want to make smart search to find all image files from all folders named "auto_saves". But how?
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Is it possible to do a wildcard search in spotlight in iOS 10.X?

I want to search for a specific app (example of Instaflash) on my iPhone or iPad but only remember part of its name. In this example 'flash' being the search term inputted into spotlight in iOS 10.X ...
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How to disable results opening in new tab for Yahoo search

I switched to from Google to Yahoo as my default search engine for Safari. The search itself works fine, but then when I click an item on the search results page, it will open it in a new tab by ...
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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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Finder - search in specific subfolders across the whole drive [duplicate]

I am trying to find a way how to search in specific subfolders through the whole drive on my mac. I will try to explain what I need exactly; I have a folder with images called "Photos", which ...
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Finder search multiple file types

I want to create a Smart Search Folder that will contain .xcproj or .xcworkspace files. I have no problem spefying a single of them, but how do I search for both in the same search?
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macOS Sierra: Wrong 'Date Modified' column when searching in finder

I did ample research before posting this. I am using macOS Sierra 10.12 on a brand-new iMac, and when I search my files (I am searching for all .psd files in a folder with many sub-folders) the Date ...
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mdfind and the apostrophe

In terminal if I type mdfind -onlyin ~/"Desktop/Shows I Watch" "Bob" I get the output /Users/brendans/Desktop/Shows I Watch/Bob's Burgers As I would expect. But if I try mdfind -onlyin ~/"...
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apple id locked

I forgot my apple iPhone 6 iCloud username and password and need help resetting. I went to a shop for selling my phone then seller took my phone and rested it after that I forgot my apple ID and I ...
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Search results in Notes on macOS always empty

No matter the search term, the search results in the Notes app on macOS are always empty: This has been going on for a while. On iOS, the same searches work fine. I have tried turning off iCloud, ...
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search Apple Notes -> jump or highlight position where match search term in note

I search all my notes for "fix". Apple Notes shows all notes where "fix" is matched. When I click on one match "19/06/16 Howto fix replicati..." I have problems finding the term fix in this big note ...
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Search iOS App Store by sharing features included with app

iOS 8 introduced sharing extensions. But what apps show up in what share lists?: Activation rules tells the system when to offer a particular app's extension. For example, when photos are selected,...
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Spotlight can't find apps or folder, only seaches the web

My Spotlight can't find any apps, even the native ones. It only returns results from web searches. With a little googling I found out that a pretty common solution to that is to rebuild the indexes. ...
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How do I get Spotlight to find apps in non-standard folders?

My work computer has a handful of personal applications that I store not in /Applications, and not in ~/Applications, but in another folder (/usr/local/data/Applications) for several reasons. However, ...
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Where did my Finder Filter go?

Normally I'm able to filter my search by file size as shown in this tutorial. However, for some reason this morning I can't find the filter anymore, where did it go? This is what I'm expecting to see:...
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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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Spotlight search shortcuts to launch apps

I want to be able to open Spotlight and launch specific apps without touching my mouse or scroll down through lists with the arrow key. For example, I want to press Command + Spacebar (to open ...
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Finder doesn't find duplicates with (1), (2), …, (n) in filename

I have downloaded lots of duplicate files with my web browser. The first duplicate gets the suffix (1) in its filename before the file extension, the second gets (2) and so on. For example: ...
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Finder window, exit search options

When using Command-F to search in a Finder window, what is the shortcut to disable the search and return to the standard finder window? For example: 1) Navigate to specific folder 2) Command-F to ...
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Get Spotlight to search in Caskroom subdirs (which is now in /usr/local/)

I'm using Homebrew with Caskroom and since a recent update, it installs the apps downloaded through brew cask within /usr/local/Caskroom/ I always used Spotlight to find and open these apps, but now ...
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Spotlight search returns no results on iOS 9

The bug mentioned in this question continues: Spotlight search on iOS 9 returns no results. I've tried Sending myself an e-mail (yes really; this occasionally works for a few minutes) Toggling off ...
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TextEditor with Overview of Search Tool's Result?

I am trying to find a texteditor which can give an overview of Search Tool's Result. I find the current situation of TextMate problematic You cannot see the section of one search result without ...
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Spotlight / Finder - search words within files and preview occurrence

When searching for specific words inside documents, upon getting the results, is there a way to then preview in the document where that word occurs without having to first open the document and ...
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Spotlight search bar doesn't show up in middle of screen

For some reason, when I activate Spotlight, the bar shows up in the top right part of the screen instead of the middle. I've tried restarting and connecting to an external monitor, to no avail.
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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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Show Library folder and subfolders in Spotlight Search

As a software developer, I often need to look into files within the Library folder. For quick access, I'd like to be able to see the files in my Spotlight searches. How can I do that?
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How to change a search direction in terminal

I'm under OS X El Capitan 10.11.1. When I try to search in terminal text by cmd+F it starts to search from the beginning rather than from the end backwards as it was in terminal on Ubuntu. So how ...
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Method of searching any application installed or any file related to that on Macbook?

Recently I installed LogMeIn app, and installation was done properly. There was no icon of app was made. I am searching but I am not getting the file or app related information in the system file. I ...