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  • 90. Re: Search not working properly in mail
    danafromme Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried this simple trick offered by justcallmekath before doing the more complex re-indexing suggested by Glenn and others (I have a new macbook air and everything transferred from my old macbook pro via timemachine perfectly, but like others, the search function in Macmail was not working, though it looked like all of my old emails were actually there; so frustrating!).  Anyway, this worked immediately--thank you so much for the tip.  Also, I should note this was a problem using Maverick, the new operating system (10.9), so the bug continues....  So glad for this easy fix!

  • 91. Re: Search not working properly in mail
    havinabubble Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)

    imac_07 's suggestion worked for me! 

    thought i'd give it a whirl before reindexing (which I also know to work from past experience).


    this saved alot of time ...thankyou!


    Lion 10.7.5

    MacBook 15" : mid 2009

    Vanilla Lion build, software updates then applied, user migrated via migration manager from Snow Leopard

    mail search DOA (initially)



    imac_07 wrote:


    SOLUTION Below (but read the following first):

    I'm still using Leopard till the bugs in Lion are fixed, but my solution may work for Lion & other OS users.

    1. Remove Mail's Search Field (by clicking in the field, dragging it & release it), or Right click the Menu/Customize Toolbar/Drag the Search field to remove it.

    2. (Not sure if this was necessary but I did): Close Mail.

    3. Reopen Mail, Right click the Mail's Menu Bar (or in between the icons)/Choose Customize Toolbar/Drag the Search field from the list to its previous location/a location of your choice.

    4. Restart Mail (may not be necessary), ... Wallah! My search engine came back.


    And that's after Months of doing without it.


    Hope it works for you too.

  • 92. Re: Search not working properly in mail
    Sciamo69 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have tried each of these fixes and still cannot search my mail.  I tried the reindexing, the rebuilding, and the envelop files.


    I took my new Macbook Pro Retina 13 to Apple and asked them about it.  They said it is a 'known issue' and Apple are 'working on it.' 


    However, since then there have been two updates to the system and no fix.  I cannot file my mail as I cannot search it. 


    About to install Outlook because this is a nightmare and Apple doesn't seem to care one bit about it.



  • 93. Re: Search not working properly in mail
    Robert Lesperance Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)

    All my search problem in mail have resumed after upgrading to OS 10.9.2.  What version of OS X are you running ?

  • 94. Re: Search not working properly in mail
    Di'k Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Same problems here. Tried everything listed on this thread. No success.


    Have resorted to using HoudaSpot to search Mail. Ugh!


    Applecare tech was unable to help. Suggested I take my iMac to the Apple Store (more than an hour away) and leave it with them for the weekend.


    Still waiting for a fix...

  • 95. Re: Search not working properly in mail
    DaveWhiteDesign Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I opened up mail prefrences and under General section I included Encrypted messages. This solved my problem. Not sure if thats even listed under all these solutions. I am running OS X 10.9.2 and I'm suing iCloud as well as the Windows Outlook servers.

  • 96. Re: Search not working properly in mail
    Joe Hansen H Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Oh my saviorr... Thankss broo....



  • 97. Re: Search not working properly in mail
    toby-dig Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had similar problems - when I used the search bar the messages I was after appeared in the suggested searches that drop down underneath, but when I clicked on the message in question... nothing.


    I tried rebuilding the mailbox, and removing the envelope index files as suggested in the early replies to this thread.


    What finally worked after trying this was to use Spotlight instead. This found the messages straight away, which turned out to be in my Junk folder.

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