If you mean the Search field in the InDesign Open dialog, that function comes from your operating system.
What version of InDesign? What operating system?
Operating System: OSX 10.8.4
InDesign: The most current. I've subscribed to it online.
I'm searching from the search box from the InDesign program.
Nothing shows up when I do a search. I have to search from the desktop.
I think it's something about your operating system, not InDesign. Here I'm using my copy of InDesign, using the same version of Mac OS X 10.8.4 as you, and the Search feature in the Open dialog works fine:
But, just to be sure, try restoring InDesign preferences to see if that might be interfering. Here's how:
I thought of something else. Open up another program like Microsoft Word and try a search there in the Open dialog. If it works, it could be InDesign conflicting. If it's doesn't, it's something in your system.
You probably know that, but keep an eye at the labels that determine the scope of the search. In Peter's screenshot, in the top left corner, below the "Lalita" disk, you see a line containing "Search:", "This Mac", and "Desktop". The "This Mac" label is selected, so the search is being performed in the whole system. If Peter had chosen "Desktop", only his desktop and the folders inside it would have been searched. Maybe your searches are returning nothing because you're searching only the document's current folder instead of the whole disk or your home directory.
Another possibility is that your Mac is not indexing the files. Open System Preferences -> Spotlight and take a look at the "Search Results" tab; maybe "Documents" is disabled. Also check the "Privacy" tab: if you include a disk or directory in the list, none of its contents will be indexed by the system, which prevents them to appear in search queries.
This is the second time in two days that what I wrote gets attributed to Peter. I know he was pretty omnipresent here but....
LOL ! A thousand apologies, Steve.
No problem. It's just amusing. ;-)
I do know all about the scope of search and made sure that I searched "This Mac". I also did all of the System Preferences suggestion that JoaoCP made.......nothing.......
I then went to the site that Steve Werner suggested...
Quit the application. Launch InDesign and IMMEDIATELY hold down Ctrl + Alt + Shift (Windows) or Command + Ctrl + Option + Shift (Macintosh). You’ll receive the prompt below. Choose Yes.
I did this and it worked.
Thanks to all that took the time to help me out on this!
And thanks to Steve for leading me to this site!!
I take that back.
I just tried a search for a logo that I want to place in an InDesign document and AGAIN, nothing came up when I typed in the word "logo". And I have LOTS of "logo"s!
I just don't know what to do. My search window is blank!
Earlier I suggested that you test searching in Microsoft Word or another program to separate out whether the problem was in InDesign or in your system. Did you try that?
Any solution found yet?
I, too, am experiencing the same issue ONLY with Indesign. I've done test searches in Word and other apps.
The first screen shot shows the window contents when I first launch "Open a File" out of Indesign (showing files on the Desktop - NOTE 3rd file name containing "Call Log") ...
I have the same issue as XPress Marketing.
Running OS 10.7.5 and InDesign CS6 ver. 8.02
I have contacted Adobe and they had me run software update and update my InDesign to 8.0.2, relaunched InDesign to do a search: didn't work. Then we created a new USER and tried to do a search with InDesign there: It worked. So then we went back to my account an opened Indesign and deleted InDesign Permissions: didn't work. So they deemed that it was OSX permissions. I have run disk utility and repaired what came up: Still didn't work.
At a loss still....
Somewhat comforting to know that I'm not alone in this.
I'll post an update or solution when I have either.