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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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Xcode vs TextEdit “Find and Replace…”

The default hotkey behavior in both Xcode and TextEdit “Find and Replace” is: Find... ⌘F Find and Replace... ⌘⌥F However, in TextEdit, the dialog for “Find and Replace” remains even after you press ⌘...
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How do I set the default search for Finder to filenames which INCLUDE the search term (rather than just begin with it)? Yosemite

I'm using Yosemite (OS X 10.10.1). If I search for the term "foo" and want a list of all files that include that term, I get foo.doc and bar.foo.doc and foodstuffs.xlsx and even The Foo History. But ...
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How can I search the contents of PDF email attachments that are backed up to Time Machine?

So I have quite a specific situation where I need to dig out an old email I have backed up to Time Machine, but I can't remember when I received it. Could be anywhere between 6 months to 1 year ago. ...
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How to search for .zip files instead of all compressed files?

How do you search for a file of a specific type in OS X Yosemite? I cannot seem to find any instructions on how to do this. In the Finder search I enter: kind:zip But it returns all compressed ...
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How Finder can find this file with long name?

Macbook Air 1.3GHz Intel Core i5 8GB Memory DDR3 OSX Yosemite This is because of the long name, I think: Hans-Jorg Oestern, Otmar Lorenz Trentz, Lorem Ipsum Lorem Vascular Injuries- Trauma Surgery ...
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CHM viewer with no continuous search?

I am using CHMView at the moment. The problem is that when I do a typing mistake in one word. I have to wait for long time. I would like to have no continuous search. Only searching when I hit ...
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How do I search ??_doc.xml file in a specified folder in Finder?

I have a lot of ??_doc.xml files in a folder, it's like: 13_doc.xml 16_doc.xml 87_doc.xml The filenames are all like two digits with _doc.xml combined together. I want to search them and have them ...
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How can I search for MP3 files by the “Purchased By” field?

As I sort through thousands of MP3 files in iTunes, I notice that I have many files that are DRM and "Purchased By" another Apple ID (that I have no access to). How would you locate those MP3 files, ...
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Shortcut to copy text to clipboard and then search it on safari?

is there a shortcut for this: I'm on Safari and see a term I'd like to google. Maybe an obscure term or something I want more information of (gadget, e.g.) Now what I do is: I copy the text open a ...
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How exclude a specific folder from spotlight search but not from search window?

I'm trying to set up my Mac so that it will exclude files in a folder called 'XYZ' from the search results in spotlight only. The reason is because these files are mostly private, and I don't want ...
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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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copy address from email search window

I often have to find email addresses using the 'search' window in OSX mail. The search function will frequently find an address for someone, and show it in the popup window below the search window. ...
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Change Safari search suggestions language on iPhone

The search suggestions in Safari always suggest results in Dutch to me, despite using my phone in English, and my Google set to English by default. I am Dutch and live in the Netherlands, so I guess ...
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Using a keyword that contains a space in a Spotlight search?

I'd like to run a Spotlight search to find all email messages that contain a specific attachment: attachment names:screenshot I tried the keyword "attachment names" in the Spotlight search window ...
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Weird searching results in Safari 8.0.2

I kept having some bizarre search results return, and I just noticed when I type something into the Safari omnibar, it's trying to search on the register.co.uk. My default search engine is set to ...
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Why is my Safari unable to open links from Google under VPN?

Safari 8.0.2, OS X 10.10.1--Problem occurring in Mac Pro 2009 and MBP ret 2012. Once I log into my employer's VPN, Safari has a quite unique problem: if I go to Google, do a search and click on any ...
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Trouble changing default search engine in Safari

I'm trying to change my default engine in Safari (running Yosemite) from Google to DuckDuckGo and I'm not successful. I changed the default engine in "Safari→Preferences→Search". When I type into the ...
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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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Force Splotlight to search a subfolder

Background: I moved the Microsoft User Data from ~/Documents to ~/Library/Preferences because I didn't want Google Drive to sync my Office files. I can run Office products fine, but I can't search my ...
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Can I search for folders of a certain size (say more than xxx mb)

I am cleaning up a bit. I know how to search for files of a certain size (see below). Is there a way to search for folders above a certain size? Shell commands are ok, but gui is preferred. To search ...
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Are there special boolean search operations (AND,OR, NOT) for iOS mail app?

I got like 11000 emails available through the iOS mail app, and single keyword search no longer works for me. I would like to exclude specific words, like in google: (food -fast). Are there special ...
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How to search a phrase in Preview of OS X?

When I search for a term like "formation water", preview returns everything starting with formation and not the term "formation water". How can I search for a phrase in Preview?
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How do you get Spotlight to search in sub-directories?

How do you get Spotlight to search in sub-directories like Windows Explorer does? Here I have done the same search on the same directory - the root of the usb drive SFD223128GB using both OS X Finder ...
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Yosemite Server: Spotlight from client

I just bought a Mac mini to use as our office server (Yosemite). How can I search the shared folders with Spotlight from my client iMac? I tried to connect via SMB and AFP (Go > Connect to Server > ...
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search for file extensions with ~ in finder

i ran a script to change a tiff image, now it created the new image but kept the original with the file extension ".tif~". Is there any way to search for all of the files in Finder or in another way ...
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I want to restore the “All My Files” folder/view to the finder sidebar

While I've had my ups and downs with the "All My Files" folder in the Mac sidebar, it is a really useful tool for unclogging my hard drive of large files - this is especially important because of the ...
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Finder search doesn't work properly after Yosemite update

Ever since I upgraded to Yosemite, search no longer works properly in Finder. Spotlight works fine but Finder search just gives me a blank window with a spinning ball. I've tried reindexing and I've ...
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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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To prevent Finder from showing .noindex files

I can restrict Finder searching files by adding .noindex -extension, this thread. However, I want hide those files in Finder search. How can you prevent Finder from showing .noindex -files?
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Spotlight “Indexing and searching disabled.” message in terminal on OSX. Why?

My spotlight searching hasn't worked for quite some time and I've tried everything I could find on Google. I can't search for anything on my MacBook.. literally nothing shows up. I'll list the things ...
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Help, I can't search from the App Launcher anymore

I used to be able to start typing an application name in the App Launcher (F4) to filter the list. But at some point, this stopped working for some reason. I can't click the search box, nor does ...
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Installed Firefox Beta and now Bing is default search engine in location bar

I updated from Firefox 31 to Firefox Beta (32) and when I now do a search in the location bar (the big one to the left) I get results from Bing. How do I change this back to Google?
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Is there an equivalent to copernic pro desktop search engine available for mac?

Is there an equivalent to copernic pro desktop search engine available for mac? I mean something serious not spotlight or found! Something that is able to search terabytes of data and index millions ...
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Does mdfind allow wildcard searches on filename?

I'm trying to figure out how to perform wildcard searches for filenames with mdfind on OsX? I tried: mdfind -name "*.pdf" but it didn't work. EDIT: I want to be able to find names like "test*.pdf"
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How to search Library on Mavericks

Before updating to 10.9 I frequently deleted all the small files some apps leave behing by searching for invisible system files. Now it doesn't seem to work, I can navigate to the file manually just ...
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To measure the effectiveness of Finder's search

I have noticed that the Finder's search misses many times matches from PDF documents even in strict Folder search. It would be very nice to get information about possible skipped matches. One ...
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Exclude apps from Spotlight results

Is there a way to exclude specific apps from Spotlight search results? For example, in my daily workflow I rarely open iTunes. So when I want to open iTerm2 it would be great to save the extra ...
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AppleScript to click buttons and close tabs

Im not really familiar with applescript (using C/Python/Pacsal atm). So far did the autoclicker for my WoW ore prospection. I would like to use the script on safari to click the link with name "1st ...
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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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Flagged/Starred Messages not working in Apple Mail

I just setup two accounts in Apple Mail for the first time, and am having absolutely no luck getting Flagged messages to work, in addition the Starred message folders aren't working. I'm using ...
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Search / filter by genre in iTunes

Currently the only filters for search in iTunes are by song, album, artist and composer. Is there a way to search by genre in iTunes?
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How to view only my mail box and not the shared ones

I started a new job and the mail client has a lot of shared inboxes. How do I see the messages directed only at me? In other words, I'd like to filter out my own personal mail box. I'm using Mac OSx ...
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Terminal: Adding logic to 'find' directories containing either [criteria A] or [criteria B]

I have inherited a vast media archive without a unifying organizational scheme. Its contents date back at least 10 years. I have been asked to find a needle in this hay stack, and I have some guesses ...
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Remove McAfee Safe Search bar

The McAfee Safe Search bar is not aesthetically pleasing, and will never be used by me, is it possible to remove it from the Safari browser, while keeping McAfee and its internet security benefits?
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Is there an app that allows me to use Google Scholar on an iOS device?

I'm looking for a native app that allows me to use Google Scholar on my iPhone. Does such an app exist?
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Tag and Metadata searching doesn't work in Spotlight

There's a problem with searching for a tags and metadata e.g. kind:movie in my Spotlight. Actually, it doesn't work even tag:Red in Spotlight. It's weird, because I can search easy using Finder, but ...
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locate & updatedb - files not found

I ran sudo /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb then locate Radium3 but it returns nothing! but $ ls ~/Library/Containers/com.catpigstudios.Radium3/ Container.plist Data So why doesn't locate see all ...
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How do I do an “or” orperation for a search in Apple Mail?

Can I do a search in Apple Mail that does an "or" on supplied criteria? For example, someone has two email addresses. I want to search for all emails from that person, so I'd like to say "one email ...
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Can I search for a string of text inside Notes.app on an iPhone 5c (iOS 7.1)?

I use Mac's Notes app on my MacBook Air (Mavericks). I can readily search for any specific note just using command - F. It finds notes containing the string of text either in the title of the note ...