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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

More specific Spotlight searches!

A great tip submitted by Kush Patel: More specific Spotlight searches! Spotlight searches are sometimes not as good as they should, especially if you have a lot of files with similar names. It is possible to narrow the results down by specifying the type of file you are looking for by adding "kind:type of file". Here is an example showing a search of all the applications that contain "itu":

Thanks for the great tip Kush!


Blogger JP said...

What are some others besides 'application'. Does it take arguments such as document? Any others? Can you abbreviate to just app or doc?


May 21, 2007 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

Spotlight separates the results in different sections by the type of file. You can use any of these types as a "kind". I tried it with abbreviations and it seems to work.


May 21, 2007 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger admin said...

For me this dosn't work ... why?

May 22, 2007 at 3:31 AM  
Blogger Lassie said...

For the people with Dutch Mac OS X, use 'soort' instead of 'kind' and use for example 'programma' or 'pdf' or 'doc'

May 22, 2007 at 4:18 AM  
Blogger Terry Singh said...

you can also add next to it a specific "kind:application date:yesterday" This will bring all of the apps used the previous day

May 22, 2007 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Terry Singh said...

admin: Make sure you don't leave a space inbetween the "kind: applications" That is wrong! make sure its likes THIS>>> "kind:applications" otherwise it won't work!

May 22, 2007 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Other examples:

To do
Mail message

May 22, 2007 at 7:32 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

Can you search by size criteria?

May 22, 2007 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Sven Adriaen said...

For Spanish Mac OS X, use 'clase' instead of 'kind' and use for example 'aplicaciĆ³n' ...
For itunes: (clase:aplicaciĆ³n itu / clase:app itu)

May 23, 2007 at 3:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, thanks for this tip!

Since reading this, i'm asking myself wether it is possible to define my own kinds (e.g. to have something more specific than "Documents")

Does any one know wether this is possible and how it is done?

Thanks in advance,

May 23, 2007 at 5:10 AM  
Blogger Henner said...

hi there!
anyone knows how it works with the german mac os version?

May 23, 2007 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Tilman said...

and for german:



May 23, 2007 at 11:31 PM  
Blogger Tilman said...

spotlight should be multilingual... :)

May 24, 2007 at 12:01 AM  

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