Search! Start Here

(! = top-level material. OAS18001 – see this for a bit on tips on how to possibly improve search efficiency.)

The INTENTION of this page is being an entry-point, top-level page, to all aspects around ‘search’, ‘searching’, …

See also

  • macOS-focus – which is also the page with lots of different applications for searches are discussed.

Applications for Searching

Currently kept in macOS-focus section.

Best Practices

18 Ecommerce Site Search Best Practices For 2021 –, written 2021.06.20, retrieved 2021-08-15:

  1. How Natural Language Processing Improves Search Accuracy And Understanding
  2. Data Processing Plays A Big Role In Ecommerce Search Experience
  3. Distinguish Between Synonyms
  4. Transliteration To And From Other Alphabets
  5. Anticipating The User’s Search With Autocomplete/Autosuggest
  6. Accommodate Typos With Spellcheck
  7. No Zero Results Page
  8. Optimized For Mobile Search
  9. Contextual Filtering For Easier Prioritization Of Products
  10. Merchandising Your Search Results
  11. AI Assistant
  12. Personalized Ecommerce Search
  13. Ecommerce Search Performance That Can Adapt Based On Analytics Data
  14. Delivering Results Quickly
  15. Voice Search
  16. Image Search
  17. Improving Ecommerce Search Is A Continuous And Ongoing Process
  18. Auditing Search Regularly


Cloud-Based File-Focused Solutions (Dropbox, Google Drive, MS OneDrive, …)


What Can / Will Be Found

mbp17:$ -c

Case Off/
Test file Spotlight,
local DtS
web [go]
web [go]
Google Drive
web [go]
web [go]
1. Local FS offl 909 = 909 4.0K = 4.0K SearchTest 1 Local FS.txt Yes No N/A[1] No ?
2 Dropbox, Personal offl 909 = 909 4.0K = 4.0K SearchTest 2a Dropbox, Local file (Personal acct).txt Yes Yes -“- No  
3 Dropbox, Personal
onl 0 * 909 oB = 0B SearchTest 2b Dropbox, Online Only (Personal acct).txt No Yes! -“- No  
    Dropbox cache:  35M $HOME/Dropbox (Personal)/.dropbox.cache
4 Dropbox, Business onl (Not found on this system.) No Yes -“- No  
5 Apple iCloud offl 909 = 909 4.0K = 4.0K SearchTest 3 Apple iCloud.txt Yes No -“- No  
6 Google Drive offl 909 = 909 4.0K(a) ! 4.0K(b) SearchTest 4 Google Drive, Available Offline.txt
*) 4.0K on both remote disk (du command)(a) AND/PLUS local disk (in cache)(b)
  ## -“- Yes  
    Google cache: 6.7G /Users/johan/Library/Application Support/Google/DriveFS
7 Google Drive onl 907 = 907 4.0K ! 0 SearchTest 4 Google Drive, Online only.txt No ## -“- Yes  
8 MS OneDrive
offl (Not found on this system.) Yes ## -“- No  

[1] Apple iCloud web interface doesn’t have any search mechanism…. (Aug 2021)

Details of used test files, identical file created in a number of different locations, and some tweaks of attributes like ‘Online Only’/other name (which – so far, Aug 2021 – MUST be done manually using (e.g.) Finder contextual menu (no CLI tools found for any drive, yet):

=== START (this line is NOT part of file contents) ============================, v1.1 2021-08-17, (C) 2021 COMGT/JOHSAR

This is a test file for document searches, on desktop.

Same content, as below, with changes in
1. Filename
2. Online/Offline sync status (if apply, terminology, and function vary depending on cloud service)

SearchTest! 1   SEARCH217010    offl SearchTest 1 Local FS.txt
SearchTest! 2a  SEARCH21702A    offl SearchTest 2a Dropbox, Local file (Personal acct).txt
SearchTest! 2b  SEARCH21702B    onl  SearchTest 2b Dropbox, Online Only (Personal acct).txt
SearchTest! 2c  SEARCH21702C    onl  SearchTest 2c Dropbox, Online Only (Business acct).txt
SearchTest! 3   SEARCH217030    offl SearchTest 3 Apple iCloud.txt
SearchTest! 4a  SEARCH21704A    offl SearchTest 4a Google Drive, Available Offline.txt
SearchTest! 4b  SEARCH21704B    onl  SearchTest 4b Google Drive, Online only.txt
SearchTest! 5   SEARCH217050    offl SearchTest 5 MS OneDrive.txt
=== END (this line is NOT part of file contents) ==============================


  1. Regular local file system
  2. Dropbox, personal account
  3. Dropbox, business account
  4. Apple iCloud, (in $HOME/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~TextEdit/Documents/)
  5. Google Drive (in $HOME/Google Drive/), which can be link to Volumes/GoogleDrive/)
  6. Microsoft OneDrive (in $HOME/OneDrive/)


if exist/apply
QuickLook Finder Web
Apple File system (Finder std) Yeah… Duh! Yes Local N/A
Apple iCloud cloud storage (Finder std) Yes – ‘iCloud Drive Yes
Dropbox Yes – ‘Dropbox Finder Extension $HOME/Dropbox/
Google Drive No Yes – ‘Google Drive $HOME/Google Drive/
Microsoft OneDrive Yes –  ‘OneDrive Finder integration ??? Possible? How? $HOME/OneDrive/

What does the extensions do?


Communications – Transportation – Solutions

Like email, Slack,  SMSs, … i.e. systems/technologies that really only should be viewed and used as TRANSPORTATION solutions, NOT as any repositories, locations for any storage of information.

When to use what when – Slack vs. Email vs. Meeting –, Oct 3, 2018

Keys point when using any communications solution include:

  • (Having an agenda, if more to discuss than just a single issue)
  • Taking notes, for the benefit of both some permanent record of what was decided and who will act on what, and provide means for others in the future to get access
  • Save those notes in some form of actual repository, could be
    • File in file-based solution like Dropbox, Google Drive, MS OneDrive, …
    • As free-text or as file in Content Management System


Content Management Systems (CMSs)

Great for handling free-text information and general also great at providing search in this.

Just be aware that there absolutely can be kinks of various sorts… (At one point, searching on IP addresses in Confluence failed miserably.)

And how special characters may be treated and are used can differ, depending on what underlying system for regular expressions that is used, if/when used i.e. OAS18001

Drupal, Joomla, WordPress, Atlassian’s Confluence, Microsoft’s SharePoint, Wikipedia and other wikis, and many more.

Local sections:


Finding Information

  • Where to search – where COULD information reside
  • How to search – what tool(s) exists and how to use
    • Any special characters like regular expressions, or special tags decided by own/corporate process. Like described in J&P Groups’s OAS18001.

Gears-Concept by J&P

Under development.