find by content with Mac OS

Bob Sneidar bobs at
Fri Jun 10 13:23:26 EDT 2011

You must have Spotlight indexing turned off. It works for me in ALL of the apps you suggested that it does not. Alternately, you may have a corrupted Spotlight index. You can google how to remedy that. 


On Jun 9, 2011, at 6:04 PM, Timothy Miller wrote:

> Thanks Jim and others.
> I have worked out ways to search my LC stacks quickly and conveniently (more or less) for the things I need. I can always use the "find" function in Stickies. I can search my email messages in Mail. This is the usual procedure.
> I always had the vague idea that find-by-content in Mac OS, was available as a last resort if I couldn't find something important. Today I was searching for some notes I made several months ago. I couldn't remember whether I had saved the notes in a LC stack, in stickies, in an email I sent to myself, or whatever. I thought find-by-content would help me find the notes. I knew they contained some rare or unique words. It didn't help.
> I can't fault other developers if Apple itself doesn't enable find-by-content in its own applications. Come to think of it, find by content probably doesn't work for bookmarks in Safari. Nor does it work for "events" in iCal. Nor any content in Address Book, nor email messages in Mail -- not sender nor recipient nor address nor content. Funny, I always assumed it did all of these things, but never thought much about it.

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