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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Desktop Search - with more features than Spotlight?

I am looking for a 'desktop search' solution for the mac. I like the look of HoudahSpot (built on top of Spotlight) but it doesn't quite do everything I would like. My ideal search solution would do ...
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How can I add an action to search for the selected Terminal text in Google?

I want to be able to add an action to search Google with any selected text in Terminal. Any ideas?
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Why isn't search working in Finder?

In Finder, the search bar in the top right corner has ceased to function. Observe: Obviously, there should be something with the letter "s" in it. But no results appear. It's just blank. Anything I ...
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Tips for using spotlight with webpages served via https

I've started using spotlight with webpages today. It will actually index the content of web pages in your history and bookmarks. It's great. But I can't find any documentation on how to use it. ...
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Can Lion OSX Search in App's Contents

How can I configure Lion to search for files in the Contents of an .app?
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How to make the “Search with Google” menu option open up in a new tab by default in Safari?

I know I can Command-click it to achieve that. What I want is to change the default behavior from opening in the same tab to opening in a new tab. Is there an extension or a hidden configuration for ...
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How to search better in App Store

As an example ... If I wanted to see all commercial airplane simulator games out there, how would I accomplish this without going to see title by title? http://itunes.apple.com/au/genre/ios-games-...
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Is it possible to configure Safari's search box to use google.co.uk rather than google.com?

Is it possible to customise the search engines used by Safari 5.1 on Snow Leopard? I'd like to get it to use google.co.uk rather than google.com for searches. I've found a couple of old posts (...
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How can I integrate custom search app's results to my iPhone's spotlight search? [closed]

Is it possible to extend iOS spotlight's search results to include data from my application? My iOS app has a separate search interface but it would be great if there was a way to provide the results ...
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How can I fix Lion Mail's search functionality?

I made a clean install of Lion, configured Mobile Me in System Preferences. So, when I opened Mail, my Mobile Me account was already configured and it started downloading my mails. Everything worked ...
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Russian-english / english-russian dictionary

Could anyone propose any RU-EN/EN-RU dictionary application compatible with iPod 1g (iOS 3.1.3)? Paid or free, doesn't matter, but need some good one (with big amount of words and handy/fast UI)
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How do I add Wikipedia as a search provider for the Safari search bar?

In Safari, when I click on the magnifying glass in the search bar I get a menu, the bottom of which lists Google, Yahoo!, and Bing. I'd like to see Wikipedia here too, and get results returned from ...
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Searching by file name (as opposed to name and contents) in Lion

In earlier versions of OSX, when you search in a Finder window, it gave you the choice of searching by contents or file name. In Lion this choice seems to have disappeared, I can only search by ...
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default command-F search folder

Somehow I have changed this, and I want to change it back. In Finder, on command-F "Find", I default to my home folder, not the current folder. (The "This Mac" choice is also there.) I don't ...
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Mac not searching my files

Today I started my Mac (iMac) and when I tried to search in finder or spotlight it produce no results. I think its related to the search cache. I guess it gets corrupted. If this is the case How can I ...
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How to “type to search” in current folder

Prior to owning Mac, I used Ubuntu with Nautilus (the default file-browser). With Nautilus, you could simply start typing something, and it would select the folder / file matching the characters you ...
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How to find & delete an obscure file of which I only know the name?

Sophos detected a trojan which it cannot remove on Mac OS 10.4 and it says to remove it manually. Problem is, it gives the file name as xxxxxxxx-xxxxxxxx where the x's are hex digits. No directory ...
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How to search Google from iPhone Spotlight

When I go to search, it says, "Search iPhone" in the box. How do I change that to search Google?
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Outlook 2011 search doesn't work anymore

Whenever I use the search-field on Outlook 2011 I get "No results". After installation it worked for a while, but now it's just quit on me... Any tips to make it work again? Resetting some index, ...
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“Search in Google” always open Safari instead of default browser

I want to make the Search in Google context menu to open my default browser instead of Safari.
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Lost search function iPhone after upgrading to 4.3

Does anyone know how or why the search function in my text messaging is no longer working correctly after I upgraded to 4.3 on my 3G iPhone? All was fine until I upgraded and now even tho I can see ...
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How do I temporarily exclude a folder from a search?

I often use spotlight to locate documents quickly. The one annoying thing is that I often email documents to share them and spotlight will find the version of the document indexed in my mailbox ...
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How do I search for Safari Extensions?

I noticed that Safari has an Extensions Gallery page. I'm wondering how I would search all the extensions to find the one I want. Does that page list all of the extensions available, meaning I should ...
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How does Apple AppStore rank search results?

I have an iOS application - an alarm clock. I released it a little over a month ago. Initially it was paid, but when I saw there were virtually no purchases (from 0 to 4 a day), I changed it to be ...
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iPhone Search does not find historic SMS messages

On my iPhone 4, I have a large number of SMS messages (I don't delete them at all). If I want to search for text in a particular message, it appears not to search historic SMSes. In other words, ...
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How to find a telephone number strored in contacts by searching for a substring on iPhone

I'd like to search my iPhone contacts using a part of a telephone number as a key (search by substring). The integrated spotlight search, however, doesn't return any entries when searching for a full ...
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Local reverse/duplicate image search for Mac?

I'm searching for an application to find duplicate images. In my Linux days, there was a nice Gtk+ application which I could provide some folders and which would list all duplicate images based on ...
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Is there any way to specify “not” in iTunes search?

Whenever I want to listen to songs from a particular band in iTunes, I'll just type the name in the search box, select shuffle, and start playing. For most bands this works very well, but I've run ...
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Search for a string in Preview

I use Preview's Command-F (find) to search for C# in the pdf document. However, the result is not for 'C#', but just 'C': I get hundreds of meaningless search results. How can I get the search result ...
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Search tool for Safari

I'm using Keywurl now, but since Safari 5.0.1 there are also supported extensions for search. I'd like to add any search url format and assign it to a shortcut. e.g. g macbook air is google "macbook ...
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When is the locate database updated?

I use the locate command in Terminal regularly. When does its database get updated? On other systems, I could run updatedb as root to force it to update. Note: I know using mdfind to search with ...
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Is there a QuickLook app that will highlight search terms within MS Word documents?

I have a client with a large number of Word documents that he needs to be able to search. He's been using Spotlight and Quick Look, which has worked pretty well. He asked me if there was a way to ...
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How Can I Search A Specific Type of File in Mac?

Is there any way to search a specific type of file using Spotlight? I remember there was a special command or something that I had to put in front of the search phrase but I cannot remember it now. ...
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Applications for finding iPhone 4 locally?

Like many people, I'm having trouble finding an iPhone 4 for purchase in my area. Right now, I'm using an advanced Twitter search to monitor tweets in my area, looking for people celebrating the ...