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Spotlight: search any word using services without opening Finder

I'm using Mavericks on a Mac. The "services" shortcuts allow me to highlight a word and search for this word in spotlight. This searches for the word in a new Finder window. Is it possible to ...
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1answer
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How to search for a folder inside another specific folder in Spotlight

Is possible to tell spotlight to search for a folder "x" that is contained within folder "y"? For example, I have several dirs named "june" in my computer, but one of them is inside a dir named ...
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0answers
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How to search for all labeled files, except those in some folders?

I want to add a saved search to my sidebar that contains all labeled files on my Mac, except files that are in certain folders. Files that are in subfolders of the excluded folders shouldn’t be ...
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1answer
63 views

Drag from spotlight

Is there any way that I could implement the functionality of being able to drag files and folders from spotlight to a finder window?
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1answer
1k views

How to show hidden files in Spotlight search results

If I use the search option in the top right corner of the Finder, hidden files do not show up in the search results. Is there any way to change this?
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1answer
132 views

Search through all files when searching in Finder [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Spotlight and the locate command don't search all folders Is there a way to search through all files from Finder? Currently it only searches "safe" files but I would ...
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3answers
459 views

How can I do full text searches on files and have a preview?

On Windows XP I used Google Desktop Search which provided full text searches on files and emails with a preview of results, like a Google search. It indexed files when needed. I'm looking for ...
2
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1answer
553 views

Spotlight Query Exclude Specific Folder(s)

I want to exclude specific folders from a spotlight query. I do NOT want to exclude them from indexing in general -- I just want to exclude them from my current query. I know how to add exclusion ...
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vote
2answers
849 views

How do I do advanced searches in Mac OS X?

I don't get it. I just want to do simple searches that work. When I type part of a filename, I want to see all the files that have that part of the filename. I know how to do this in terminal, but it ...
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5answers
1k views

How can I open a new Finder window from Spotlight?

Can I open a Finder window from Spotlight? How so?
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1answer
394 views

Configure which spotlight attributes to show in Finder preview?

Is it possible to configure which attributes to show for file in Finder column view? For all files Name, Kind, Size, Created, Modified and Last opened are shown, but for apps there is also Version, ...
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2answers
4k views

How to help Mac OS X's Finder determine movie dimensions/duration?

In Finder I can see some info about video files: dimensions and duration, but I can see it only for .mov, .mpg, .mp4 and maybe some other files. What can I do to see this info for .mkv, .avi, .flv, ...
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2answers
729 views

Why isn't OS X Spotlight or Finder finding a file by content that I know exists?

I've got several files in a few folders that I know contain a word, say "foo". I've manually found some of those files, but neither Spotlight or Finder's search is showing those files as matches nor ...
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3answers
438 views

Content search through source code in finder

I am using OSX 10.6 and want to have content searches in finder for the source code types i use. This suggests a (10.4 only?) solution, but although i have the developer tools installed i don't have ...
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2answers
318 views

Inconsistent Spotlight file associations

I have some documents - mostly XLS files - which have different file associations in Spotlight than in Finder. The XLS opens the way I want in Finder, with Mac MS Excel, but when I try to open it ...
3
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2answers
608 views

Can Mac OS X 10.5’s Spotlight be configured to launch the Finder as an application?

This used to work (e.g., in 10.4 I believe). For some reason as of 10.5 it seems to treat the Finder specially and will not return it as a result when you search for "Finder".
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How to use wildcard characters in Spotlight search?

I'm used to using the search window in Windows that provided the ability to use options such as: Date of Creation/Modification File Size File Extension Wild Card Characters How can I search with ...