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Disabling Live Search in iTunes 11


iTunes 11 introduces a new “Live Search” feature that is designed to allow you to search across your entire iTunes library when entering information in the Search field in the top-right corner of your iTunes window. As useful as this may be for some situations, not everybody will necessarily be a fan of the new search style, particularly as it can be somewhat slower with larger libraries.  The good news is that if you find the feature more annoying than useful, you can very easily turn it off: Simply click on the magnifying glass in the search field, and a drop-down menu will appear with an option, enabled by default, to Search entire library. Click on this option to turn it back off, and iTunes will return to the search behaviour found in previous versions, allowing you to filter only the displayed category rather than showing results from your entire library. As a bonus, you can easily tell which mode is enabled from reading the background text in the search field; the word Search will be followed by Library when the full “live search” is enabled or the current category name (e.g. “Music”) when using the older style filtered search.

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Posted by raindogg in Toronto on December 26, 2012 at 1:47 AM (CST)


thanks for the instructions! even though i got it working like in previous versions, the search is much slower, the search results get updated with a delay which doesn’t feel as nice as before…

Posted by matthieux in Toronto on January 11, 2013 at 8:39 AM (CST)


YES. thank you for the quick fix. the new search function is one of my least favorite new additions.

any idea how to revert the miniplayer to previous versions?

Posted by theMike in Toronto on January 29, 2013 at 6:35 PM (CST)


PERFECT! Thanks so much.

Posted by Mason Myer in Toronto on February 24, 2013 at 7:31 PM (CST)


Thanks so much for this info dude. As a DJ, itunes was never “broke,” don’t know why they felt the need to “fix it.”  So annoying.  Sometimes fell as though Apple has money or a budget of some sort to burn, so they need to justify an expenditure by “fixing” or “upgrading” something of there’s. Those geniuses need to keep in mind the KISS concept.

Posted by Shadowplay in Toronto on May 6, 2013 at 2:46 AM (CDT)

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