Thursday, August 30, 2007

Saving Spotlight Searches

Spotlight also lives in your Finder windows (right where the old Search field was in previous versions of Mac OS X), but when you search here, you get a little bonus — savable searches.

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So, for example, you search for all the email, images, and other junk sent to you by your friend Alan. When you do this in a Finder window, the Finder window updates to show the results right there in your window. Oh, but there’s more. Now you’ll find a Save button near the top-right side of your window. If you click it, it saves your results in a folder in your sidebar, where you can re-access those files at any time. How cool is that! But this is no ordinary folder, my friend. This is a Smart Folder, which means the next time Alan sends you something (or you mention Alan in a document, email, etc.), it will automatically be added to that Smart Folder. It’s live, baby!


tobinf said...

Hi, I'm one of your blog buddies courtesy of Yvonne Perry and stopped by for a look. I love the Mac but long ago had to switch to a PC for software reasons so I can't use any of your clever instructions. Any chance you can do the same for the PC people?
All the best,

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Wow! Sometimes things like this make me feel as I'm living in a different place than last week even.