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A quick way to change Spotlight's search location

#1 User is offline   Macworld 

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 07:13 AM

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 07:44 AM

Mmmmm.... Cmnd-Opt-F does nothing here (10.5.2).
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 07:53 AM

Same here.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 08:03 AM

yup! command option doesn't work here either. i am on finder 10.5.3
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 08:05 AM

Should be Command-Shift-F.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 08:05 AM

CMD-Shift-F works for the name contains option.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 08:17 AM

My brain and my fingers were disconnected when I typed up the hint -- sorry about that. The hint has now been corrected (and a note added) to reflect Shift-Command-F as the correct shortcut.
-rob.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 08:36 AM

That worked. Thanks Rob.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 08:39 AM

The second Command-F changes the folder to my "Documents" folder not my short user name.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 09:24 AM


Nice trick.



Do you know of a way to have the search permanently search there System files? I hate having to make tha selection all the time and since search is so fast now I just wish it was on all the time.


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Posted 22 May 2008 - 10:01 AM

I've had a new Mac mini and Leopard for just over 3 weeks. Much of that time, I have been trying to find a way to get Spotlight to search within a specified folder. (I know how to AppleScript this in Tiger.) I tried your suggestion ... no luck!
Spotlight (at least on my Mac) lets you search the entire computer or your home folder. Nothing else. Period. The Shift (and any other) key makes absolutely NO difference!
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 10:08 AM

Go to your Finder preferences and change the New Finder windows open: to your Home folder. This should do it.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 10:18 AM

My Finder preferences were already set to Home. But, I did try changing some other settings.

UNCHECKING "Always open folders in a new window" does work!
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 10:21 AM

But ... it's not the selected folder this is searched, it's the frontmost folder window.
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