Searching with Spotlight has long become my habit to search for certain cluttered of files which I usually forgot where I put them. Even sometimes my search result returns another cluttered of files that I will need to add certain criterias to limit the search. These criterias include limiting search by adding more keywords, limiting the scope of the search and adding specific attributes (eg. Kind is Images).
Though after adding these limitations I will easily find my files, yet for me it seems to be such a hassle to do it again and again. But, to be really exaggerating, Smart Folder saves my life!
Using Smart Folder, you can save your search criterias into one beautifully constructed purple gear folder – it’s the icon. And to do the same search again, only single click on the smart folder is needed.
Creating New Smart Folder
Upon creating new Smart Folder, Finder menu bar File → New Smart Folder (keystrokes: Command-Option-N), unlike creating new folder, you will be redirected to your Finder Search Pane.
Inside this Search Pane, you can set up all criterias you will need for your Smart Folder. By pressing the + button next to the Save button, you will be able to add your searching constraints.
Click on the Save button to transform your setting into one Smart Folder. After finished saving your Smart Folder, it will be automatically moved into your Sidebar.
Removing/Attaching Smart Folder to Sidebar
Control-Click on the Smart Folder attached to your Sidebar and choose Remove From Sidebar to remove it from your Finder sidebar.
Select the Smart Folder and go to Finder menu bar File → Add to Sidebar (keystrokes: Command-T) to attach it to your sidebar.
Existing Smart Folders
For unknown reasons, Apple has already had several Smart Folders shipped with Mac OS X Leopard, you can find it here:
- Macintosh HD → System → Library → CoreServices
- Finder → Show Package Contents
- Contents → Resources → CannedSearches
Anyway, Smart Folder is also called Predefined Search.