December 8, 2016

Smart Searches


If you are coming from an older version of OSX, chances are you are familiar with Smart Searches. A Smart Search is a search option located in your Finder Sidebar. It’s a quick search that will allow you to search for files that you have accessed either Today, Yesterday, or This Week. It can also show you files of the same kind: Images, Movies and Documents.

Long-time Mac users are sad to note that with OSX Lion, Apple changed the game. A Smart Search is no longer an option on your Finder Sidebar. Because the default view of Finder is All My Files, Smart Search ends up redundant.

However, most of these users prefer to revert to the Home Folder as the default view, thus needing the Smart Search on the Sidebar. You cannot just check preference box to make that appear but there is a run-around to that.

Basically you have to create several Smart Folders to duplicate the criteria for the Smart Search and save them on a folder of your choosing. Then you simply drag the folders to the Sidebar to add them. This will simulate the Smart Search.

The following are the search parameters or criteria for the Smart Folder. There is a separate post on how to create and save smart folders.

Show Files: Today

Search: This Mac

Criteria: last opened date is Today, None of the following are true, Kind is Folder

Show Files: Yesterday

Search: This Mac

Criteria: last opened date is Yesterday, None of the following are true, Kind is Folder

Show Files: For The Week

Search: This Mac

Criteria: last opened date is This Week, None of the following are true, Kind is Folder

Show Files: All Images

Search: This Mac

Criteria: Kind is Image and All

Show Files: All Movies

Search: This Mac

Criteria: Kind is Movie

Show Files: All Documents

Search: This Mac

Criteria: Kind is Documents

Like to read more about Smart Folders? Check here.

About Monja

Monja is a Multimediadesigner and Mac enthusiast since she discovered the beauty of Mac Computers - she never looked back to her Windows Laptop.

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