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Question: Search function in Mail not working

Ive had this happen earlier this year, searching for mails wont find the mails i look for, only trough Finder.

Dont remember how i solved it last time, but i had to rebuild the entire mailbox to fix it.
Why is this happening, and are there other ways to fix it?


OSX 10.12.5

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Dec 12, 2017 7:17 AM in response to AppfactoryIntl In response to AppfactoryIntl

If there are issues in finder click on apple logo > force quit , select finder and relaunch .

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Also enter in user library macOS Sierra: Library folder

Find a folder preferences drag and drop com.apple.finder.plist to the desktop , restart the machine .

Dec 12, 2017 7:17 AM

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Dec 12, 2017 7:45 AM in response to AppfactoryIntl In response to AppfactoryIntl

Try rebuilding the mailbox.


Rebuild mailbox


If that doesn't work, try re-indexing the mailboxes. This can take awhile if you have a lot of mail.


Reindex messages For El Capitan, try looking in V3. Sierra use V4. High Sierra use V5.


Reindex messages (2) See post by Linc Davis

Dec 12, 2017 7:45 AM

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