Currently Being ModeratedAug 23, 2013 8:44 AM (in response to asge532ld)
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I found a great article about rebuilding the mail box and re indexing the messages if the searches arent working forrectly.
Named Mail (Mountain Lion): Reindex messages and is found here http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11704?viewlocale=en_US.
The title says that it is for Mountain Lion but it also applies to Lion as well.
There can be several reasons why searching messages doesn’t return the results you expected.
- Mail may not be looking in the Trash or Junk mailboxes, or searching encrypted messages. To include these mailboxes and messages when searching all mailboxes, choose Mail > Preferences, click General, and then select the appropriate checkboxes.
- If you have an Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) or Exchange account, check that the option for keeping copies of messages for offline viewing (in the Advanced settings of the Accounts pane in Mail preferences) is set to “All messages and their attachments.” This ensures that an Entire Message search returns the best results.
- You might need to sync the mailboxes on your Mac with those on the mail server. To sync mailboxes for all of your accounts, choose Mailbox > Synchronize All Accounts. To sync mailboxes for a specific account, choose Mailbox > Synchronize, and then choose the account.
- If an Entire Message search doesn’t work after syncing a mailbox, you might need to rebuild the mailbox or reindex messages.Rebuild mailboxesReindex messages
Currently Being ModeratedAug 27, 2013 11:01 PM (in response to sterling r)
Thanks for trying, but none of those, except maybe the last one, are relvant. Again, I can open a message, and type in the exact phrase or word in that email, and paste it into the search box, and mail will still not find it. I tried rebuilding, but no luck.
Another issue I'm having now is that if I paste in type from a website or from apple text, It's nearly impossible to reformat the text in mail. it jumps all over the place, get's pasted into boxes, or I can't simply change the typeface or font size. I wish apple would just check out Eudora and find some inspiration from that application. It was the perfect mail application. absolutely perfect.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2013 5:54 PM (in response to asge532ld)
I also find searchin in Apple Mail to be poor - a failing grade, if you will.
My work-around is to search my entire computer for a phrase I remember in the particular document. It comes-up in my search and cliking on that brings the "lost" email in to the Mac Mail client.
Also, I find dozens, if not hundreds of duplicate messages when doing a search -
Apple - what has gone wrong? Mac Mail used to work -
Fix it (Notice that I diddn't say "please")
Currently Being ModeratedDec 19, 2013 6:11 PM (in response to asge532ld)
I have the same issue, and I'm equally frustrated. Mail turns up zero results on any search. I've had this problem with Mavericks 10.9 and 10.9.1. Like you, I can search for the first email in my mailbox and it won't find it--or anything else. This is beyond frustrating, and has rendered my mailbox useless.
I followed the MacWorld fixes, deleted the index files, re-indexed Spotlight, reinstalled the OS twice, and took my laptop to the Genius Bar. The Genius Bar could not fix it either, and they were perplexed. They recommended I reinstall the OS. REINSTALLING THE OS and RE-INDEXING SPOTLIGHT DO NOT FIX THE PROBLEM. Please, can we stop offering those up as solutions?
This problem has persisted for six weeks now.