Techie Tip of the Week: Mac Users – Save Searches Using Smart Folders!

Mac OS X makes it relatively simple to save a search for later reuse.

Why would you want to save a search? Suppose you find yourself wishing to quickly and easily find all of the photos you took within the last week, or the MS word docs you’ve opened within the last 2 days, or you want to easily find every file your boss has written. By saving that search you’ll save time and energy the next time you want to find similar items.

Note: on a Mac, a saved search is known as a “Smart Folder”

To set up a Smart Folder:

  1. In Finder, click File, and then click New Smart Folder.
  2. Refine the criteria for your search by clicking the + button to add a criterion or the button to delete one
  3. Check Add to Sidebar.
  4. Click Save.

The smart folder appears in the sidebar (in any Finder window, on the left side). Click it to view the files on your computer that match the criteria you had entered.

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