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Spotlight search with context?

I'd like to perform searches so that: 1) It can search in the text in a large number of pdf files. Specifically, I want to search within a directory with nested directories several layer deep, and ...
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1answer
37 views

Chrome: How to search a keyword with excluding specific keyword without changing setting every time

I would like to know how to search a keyword with excluding specific keyword without changing the Chrome setting every time. It's only once I will change the setting but I would like to avoid to use ...
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TextAnalysisTool.NET equivalent for OS X

I've used TextAnalysisTool.NET in the past for analyzing log files on Windows machines and found it incredibly useful. I love the simplicity+power that it achieves for dynamically grepping log files, ...
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1answer
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Find and add/replace kMDItemKeywords attribute OS X

I'm trying to find files (images) tagged with a specific tag and add (possibly replace) it with a new one. Right now I come up with: mdfind -0 -onlyin '/Volumes/HDD_MED_201304/Photos' 'sampleTag' | ...
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keyboard shortcut for Xcode context search

I know there are keyboard shortcuts to search text within current file and all project.. however I'm wondering if there is a keyboard shortcut for the search bar that appears on the left column like ...
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Search from current position in file or website

It seems the default search (Cmd-F) in Mac applications like Preview and Safari searches from the very top of the page. Is there any way to make it so that searches start from the current position ...
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1answer
148 views

How to search for a folder inside another specific folder in Spotlight

Is possible to tell spotlight to search for a folder "x" that is contained within folder "y"? For example, I have several dirs named "june" in my computer, but one of them is inside a dir named ...
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1answer
315 views

Search NFS network volume from OS X client

I asked: How does a Mac OSX SL or Lion user search the cluster for a particular file (foo.txt) From the cluster, you would need to run some form of recursive lookup for the file desired. As an ...
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locate similarly named files

I'm running OS X 10.7.3. I would like to locate all the files that have common strings in their filenames. I have a folder that contains several files whose filenames are the same except for the ...
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785 views

Can't find the path to proxy.pac file in OS X

I need to control my proxy.pac file in OS X, but I couldn't find it anywhere. I used whereis proxy.pac from terminal too — the whole story short: I want to find the path to a file in Mac OSX.
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1answer
59 views

Find a certain value in files on OS X

On every OS I have ever been on I have found a way to find in files. That is obtain a list of files that have a certain values in them. So it would seem that the Finder is the place to start. Not ...
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3answers
165 views

Grep-like tool for all filetypes?

Is there a grep/ack/grin-like tool for all filetypes (including MS Office, PDF, etc)? I frequently find myself wanting to search a folder or an entire disk for strings inside files that are more than ...
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0answers
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How to search for all labeled files, except those in some folders?

I want to add a saved search to my sidebar that contains all labeled files on my Mac, except files that are in certain folders. Files that are in subfolders of the excluded folders shouldn’t be ...
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1answer
571 views

Can't search for a certain word in a PDF on OS X

I'm searching this PDF (84 pages) for the word 'software', which appears regularly – but neither Safari or Preview can find it. If I search for 'soft' it finds instances like "VISSOFT', which is ...
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132 views

Can't find a particular message in Apple Mail on OS X Lion

I can't find a particular message in my mails using Apple Mail on Mac OS X Lion. It connects to my mail server by IMAP. I select my inbox (the one I want to search) On the top right corner I have a ...
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1answer
1k views

How to show hidden files in Spotlight search results

If I use the search option in the top right corner of the Finder, hidden files do not show up in the search results. Is there any way to change this?
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4answers
518 views

Enable “file location” column in OS X search results?

In Windows there is a nice option to have "in folder" as a column option. Is this possible with OS X? Here is a search results window on OS X: And here it is on Windows:
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2answers
852 views

Can Spotlight be configured to index /System/Library/CoreServices?

With Quicksilver (and other launchers of that type) you can configure it to index applications from places other than /Applications. I often like to launch things from /System/Library/CoreServices ...
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2answers
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How I can use Spotlight to search a USB flash drive?

How I can search anything on a thumb drive using Spotlight? As soon as I start to search it shows all content of my Mac's hard drive. I am using Snow Leopard 10.6.8.
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1answer
530 views

Script to search for highlighted text

I'm looking for a script (or Launchbar action, or an application) which will take the highlighted text from the front window of any application and send it to my default browser to search in Google. ...
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2answers
3k views

Searching File Contents of Remote Server via FTP

I'm running OSX 10.7 and i'm looking for a way to search for a string in the contents of a file on a remote FTP server. I'd like to be able to run the search over ftp rather than having to download ...
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2answers
647 views

How can I prevent MacVim from showing OS X' Find/Replace dialog when pressing Command-F?

Using MacVim, I'd like Command-f to not show OS X' Find/Replace dialog, but instead beginning a normal search in Vim, i.e. sending / from normal mode. I.e. I'd like MacVim to use Vim's internal ...
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1answer
304 views

Make an Os X Smart folder containing only the first child folders of its parent folder

I am tryng to create a smart search that just lists the folders within a folder. The trouble is that, by default, the search goes within those folders and finds others. I just want those top level ...
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1answer
674 views

Performing an advanced search in Mac OS X

Sorry for a rather silly question. Basically I want to do this. Performing an advanced search excluding files not in my home folder. (pathfinder users, can you do this?). F.e. displaying all my ...
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2answers
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How do I do advanced searches in Mac OS X?

I don't get it. I just want to do simple searches that work. When I type part of a filename, I want to see all the files that have that part of the filename. I know how to do this in terminal, but it ...
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1answer
189 views

Can I use an OSX Saved Search as a union directory?

Is there some way to use the Saved Search capability of the OSX finder to create a virtual union directory? I've made it two-thirds of the way to a solution: We want everything in the union-ed ...
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4answers
3k views

How do I make Safari open search results in a new tab by default?

I'd like for results from the search toolbar to open in a new tab by default, like I've configured in Firefox. How can I get this same default behavior in Safari? I already know that Command-Enter ...
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2answers
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How can I find all files that are not of a certain kind using Spotlight?

I can enter "Shockwave Flash Movie" in the the search field of a Finder window and find all files that are of Kind, "Shockwave Flash Movie" However, I really want a list of all files that are NOT ...
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2answers
668 views

Spotlight and the locate command don't search *all* folders

There are several places in Mac OS X, that don't get indexed by spotlight or the terminal locate command. Is there a way to change that? How can I search in places like /private?
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1answer
273 views

Thunderbird 3 Global Search

Global search in Thunderbird 3.1.1 on Mac OS X 10.6 does not work. It is enabled in the preferences. I am searching on text that is in message bodies or subjects. I have also tried searching on ...
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2answers
13k views

How to find files with certain text in the Terminal

I'd like to find all files that contain a certain string of text. How would you do that in the Terminal?
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4answers
8k views

Mac OS X search and replace tool with regular expression support

I'm looking for a regular expression based search/replace GUI tool that is able to handle multiple files/subdirectories, something like grepWin but for Mac OS X. PS. I'm aware of grep and I don't ...
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4answers
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Show Duplicate Files [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Find duplicate files on Mac OS X Hi all I am trying to sort out duplicate folders in a folder which again has an awful lot of subfolders on a Mac OS X system. I want to ...
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2answers
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How to find a folder on Mac OS X 10.5?

I'm on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard). What's the best way to find a folder for which I'm not sure of the full name? For example, I know the folder name I want is like: "farm-animal-type" But the full ...
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6answers
349 views

Text search tool in Mac for programmer

I have used Total Commander in Windows to search string in files, view results and browse source tree. In mac, I have not found similar tool. Does anybody have good suggestions? I have tried ...
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5answers
27k views

Search through text files in Mac OS X

Is there a way to search through all the text files in a folder (and subfolders) for a specific string or bit of text in Mac OS X?
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2answers
1k views

Wildcard search in Mail.app

This is something that has been mystifying me for a while. I can't seem to find a wildcard search feature in Mail.app. Is there such a feature?
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2answers
1k views

How to search with Spotlight more effectively

I'm used to using various flags to modify the results of Google searches, to only show results from a particular site, or only certain kinds of files. For example you can restrict Spotlight searches ...
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1answer
357 views

Get Back “Yesterday” on Sidebar in Mac OS X

I deleted my yesterday option in my sidebar by mistake and am wondering if there is some way to get it back.
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3answers
9k views

How to use wildcard characters in Spotlight search?

I'm used to using the search window in Windows that provided the ability to use options such as: Date of Creation/Modification File Size File Extension Wild Card Characters How can I search with ...