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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Can I search for a multi-word expression in Preview?

What can I do to search for a multi-word expression such as "little bug" in Preview? I want to return only words together and in that order. My first reflex was to try double quotes, but it looks like ...
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How to locate a file in Spotlight using folder and file name?

I often want to navigate to a file or folder that does not have a unique name. Instead, the parent folder in combination with the file or foldern name makes it unique. Here are a few examples: I want ...
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Keyboard-only folder navigation with auto complete

This is one feature of Windows 7 Start menu that I haven't been able to replace in OS X ML. In Windows: Press Windows key Start typing, for example: H:\folder\phot Use arrow keys to highlight the "...
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Mountain Lion - Finder - Search by file name

I just upgraded from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion and I seem to be missing one bit of functionality that I used all the time in Finder. I could press Command+Shift+F and search for files by file name....
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How to use Finder to find all files that do not match a certain criteria?

How can I use Finder's search feature to find all files that do not match a certain criteria? For instance, all files that don't end in ".txt" in the current folder.
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How can I change the default search engine in Safari?

Safari for OS X only offers three search engines: Google, Yahoo, Bing I want to use https://startpage.com as a default search engine to search directly from the unified URL/search bar. Is this ...
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iOS: App to search All Content in PDF files?

There are many apps that have search over the names of the files but not all content in the files. It is very slow to test all apps such as iAnnotate, PDF Expert, Amazing PDF Expert and GoodReader. ...
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Can "mdfind" search for phrases and not just unordered words?

Is there a way to search for an exact phrase using the mdfind utility? For example, I created two text documents titled "test1" and "test2". The contents of "test1" are: I love Apple And the ...
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iOS application that allows search in Word documents?

I have a huge .doc (Microsoft Word) file (several megabytes) and I need to search it on my iPhone. I have tried like 5 different editors and readers to no avail. Is there any application that allows ...
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How to display the full path of files found by the Finder "Find" function? [duplicate]

I'm trying to use the Finder to search my code base. For example I would like to find every files that ends with ".m" and contains "keyDown". Finder does this, but in the Finder window showing the ...
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OS X 10.5/10.6/10.7, Search, Spotlight

I'm handling a migration from an on old Mac server to a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine running a 12 TB (10 usable) RAID 5 server. It's using an SMB share and now the OS X 10.5/10.6 users can search - ...
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How can I search for photos taken at a specific time?

All my photos are in iPhoto and I want to be able to search for photos taken at a specific time. Happy to use an app or command to search at file system level from Terminal if I need to. Smart Albums ...
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Analyze a bunch of files and categorize them according to their content, content-duplicates possible with different format

I have material such as images, PDFs, DOC and DOCX with a lot of duplicated items but in different format. I may have a paper in PDF and then I have it also in DOC and DOCX. I want to somehow ...
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Why do some app spotlight results show the ".app" extension, but not all?

Even though I've explicitly set the Finder preference to display all file extensions, I'm still finding that some apps do not show the file name extension in their Spotlight result. Here are some ...
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How to use find to get only string sequence, not within other words

How do I use the Command ⌘+F find to get only a in the text a apple, instead of highlighting both a and a in the word "apple".
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Search for one letter only

In Apple apps with a search feature, how do I only search for one letter? Let's say I'm reading a math paper, but forgot what the variable "s" meant. In Windows/Linux apps I could just include spaces ...
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Finder Search attribute "Tags"

It looks like the search attribute "Tags" is no longer available in the Mountain Lion Finder. I used this to quickly find Open Meta Taggged files on my Mac by means of a Smart Folder. Is there an ...
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How to setup a Mac for kiosk mode video presentation?

My situation is: 2 iMacs (Lion), one displays a slide show and the other one a video. If a user comes to the iMac and wants to play the video again, he should be able to play the video with one click ...
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Find multi-line block using grep and/or automator with BBEdit

I have an xml file output from WordPress. I have BBEdit as my main search tool. I am on a Mac running 10.7.4 I am trying to find a muli-line block of text that starts with <item> and end with ...
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How can I use Regular Expressions in Spotlight on Mountain Lion?

How can I use Regular Expressions in Spotlight on Mountain Lion? I want to use my knowledge of regular expressions to make my search results more exact.
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How can I create a Saved Search that excludes a specific folder from the results?

I'm trying to set up a Saved Search of my Mac that will exclude files in a folder called 'XYZ' from the search results. The reason is because I'm getting a ton of false positives from that folder that ...
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How to "Ctrl-F" in iPhone's Safari browser?

Most browsers have a "search" or "find" function (accessible through CtrlF) which allows us to search the webpage for text. Does iPhone's Safari browser have this functionality?
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Precise search inside a pdf

I wanted to search inside a PDF with Adobe Acrobat Reader for MacOS (or the one built in with MacOS). I want to search, for example, for the capital letter "U". Is it possible and, if yes, how?
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Is there any way to search for text in the *body* of a message in Sparrow on the iPhone?

Sparrow for iPhone seems to only search the same fields that the Mail app does: from, to, subject, or all of them. Given that gmail (sparrow's data source) and the sparrow Mac app both allow full ...
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Search across networked drives that are only sometimes connected

I've got networked drives at work and networked drives at home. What's a way to set up search so that it automatically applies searches to each drive when connected without having to rebuild the index ...
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searching an nfs-mounted volume

Does anyone know of a GUI way to search mounted network volume without using Spotlight? We use a cluster roughly 80TB and need a client-side way of searching for files without indexing the entire ...
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How to limit search only to file name instead the content of files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Searching by file name (as opposed to name and contents) in Lion I have a "server" with OS X Lion and a shared hard disk, and some clients with various version of OS X (10.4 ...
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Is it possible to search for text in iBooks or the Kindle app?

Is it possible to search for text in iBooks or the Kindle app? I'm deciding whether to buy electronic copies of some of my reference books, but I would only be purchasing them for the ability to ...
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Set the default search to current folder?

The Finder's search bar is an integral part of my workflow. I am constantly using it to search the contents of files within various folders. However, typing into this bar always searches the entire ...
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Searching Contacts in iOS

It seems that you can only search for a name or a company name in iOS's Contacts app. You can't search for an address, a zip, a note or any text outside of those fields. The same holds true for ...
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What is the keyboard shortcut to focus this textfield in Xcode 4.1?

What is the keyboard shortcut to get focus inside the textbox pointed in the screenshot below? I am new to Xcode 4.1. I use Eclipse a lot. In Eclipse if we want to jump over any file we can use ...
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How can I sort a Finder search by size on OS 10.6.8?

I'm using OSX 10.6.8, and when searching on finder, it doesn't let me sort files by size, is there a way to do this?
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How can I enable search by filename in finder on Lion

Before switching to Lion (on Snow leopard) I used to open a directory (like my Downloads) and start searching using the search box at the top right of the finder window for a file and there was an ...
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iPhone 4s search sometimes stays blank

Search page works very well except when it doesn't work at all. In those cases it just stays blank. What's the fix for that?
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Lion Addressbook broken?

When I launch Address Book and search for a contact, nothing visibly happens. Also if I double click on a contact name in the group list, I see the contact info in a popup, but if I single click, I ...
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How to search text in files of all types (including binary)?

I want to find some text inside binary files. Is it possible to do in Finder (it skips binary even if I set up "All kinds" of file types)? Otherwise I would be thankful for utility that can do it. PS:...
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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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Finder search does not find all relevant documents MacOS 10.6.8

I'm having problems with the search in Finder windows in MacOS X 10.6.8. If I'm typing a search keyword in the textbox in a finder window and search for "file name" or "content", I get no or only a ...
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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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