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Finding Information Using Spotlight

If you're looking for specific content on your computer and you don't know where to find it, you can use Spotlight to help you find it. Even if you can only remember part of the content. Spotlight performs a live search of your Home folder on your computer using the information you know. As you type in Spotlight, a menu appears displaying a list of everything Spotlight can find to match what you've typed so far. As you continue to type, the list changes. If you type two words, Spotlight finds items that contain both words. Spotlight searches for everything on your computer that matches what you've typed, which includes every file, folder, program, e-mail message, address book entry, calendar appointment, to-do item, picture, movie, PDF document, music file, Web bookmark, document, and System Preferences panel, and lists the 20 best matches divided into categories, which you can customize later. Spotlight not only searches the names of your files and folders, it also searches their content, and displays a preview of the material ( New ! ) from the menu. In addition, you can drag items from the Spotlight menu ( New ! ) for use in folder or on the desktop. You can search by typing phrases or metadata attributes, and using boolean operators.

Find Information Using Spotlight

  • yellow-circle-1.jpg Click the Spotlight (magnifying-glass) icon on the right side of the menu bar.
  • yellow-circle-2.jpg In the Spotlight field, start to type what you want to find. To find a specific phrase, place quotes around it.

    As you type, a menu begins to display a list of everything Spotlight can find to match what you've typed so far. As you continue to type, the list changes.

  • yellow-circle-3.jpg To preview an item (New!), point to the item in the list.
  • yellow-circle-4.jpg To copy an item (New!), drag the item off the Spotlight list.
  • yellow-circle-5.jpg To open an item, click the item or use the arrow keys to scroll down the list, and then press Return.
  • yellow-circle-6.jpg To clear or stop a search, click the Close button (x) in the Spotlight field.

Find Information with Metadata Using Spotlight

  • yellow-circle-1.jpg Click the Spotlight (magnifyingglass) icon on the right side of the menu bar.
  • yellow-circle-2.jpg In the Spotlight field, type code:keyword. Use quotation marks around text to search for an exact phrase.

    Where the code is a category, such as kind, date, modified, or author, and keyword is a specific type of category.

    Here are some examples:

    • kind:preference network displays the network system preference on your computer.
    • kind:contact steve displays all the contacts with the name steve on your computer.
    • kind:music by:"Bruce Springsteen" displays all music by Bruce Springsteen.
    • date:today kind:email displays all the email for today on your computer.

Find Code and Keywords

Find

Code:Keyword

Program

kind:app, kind:application

Address book contact

kind:contact

Folder

kind:folder

Mail message

kind:email, kind:mail message

iCal appointment

kind:event

iCal task

kind:to do, kind:todo

Image, picture

kind:image

Movie

kind:movie

Music or Sound

kind:music, kind:audio

PDF file

kind:pdf

System Preference

kind:preference, kind:system preference

Safari bookmark

kind:bookmark

Font

kind:font

Presentation

kind:presentation

Week

date:this week, date:next week

Month

date:this month, date:next month

Year

date:this year, date:next year

Today

date:today

Tomorrow

date:tomorrow

Yesterday

date:yesterday

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