6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 23, 2010 2:47 PM by oxcart
oxcart Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
Just upgraded to SL and was disappointed to find the the apple-F dialog box still defaults of find file by content.

My gripe is that if you type the word "microsoft" for example, files beginning with this word appear well, and I mean WELL, down the list.

I thought that in SL we were promised a little check box that would allow us to save the default dialog to find by file name.

Any ideas?

G5, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • 1. Re: Find File By Name
    V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
    there was no such check box promised. to search by name enter commandshiftF in finder. it worked that way in leopard too.
  • 2. Re: Find File By Name
    oxcart Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    VK you have just solved one of the banes of my life and I can't thank you enough.

    If you added up all the tiny slices of time I have spent over the last five years reaching out for the mouse to select that 'file name' box it would add up to a two week vacation!
  • 3. Re: Find File By Name
    V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
    oxcart wrote:
    VK you have just solved one of the banes of my life and I can't thank you enough.

    you are welcome!

    If you added up all the tiny slices of time I have spent over the last five years reaching out for the mouse to select that 'file name' box it would add up to a two week vacation!

    was it really that bad?
  • 4. Re: Find File By Name
    oxcart Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    Hey VK, I'm now on my MBPro 10.5.8 and the apple-shift-F command brings up find by contents

    ...thank goodness I did not really miss that trick all these years.

    Now all I need to do is find a way of mapping apple-shift-F onto apple-F in SL.
  • 5. Re: Find File By Name
    oxcart Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    OK, this is solved.

    It turns out that apple-shift-F does in fact bring up the find by file name dialog box in leopard.

    However... there is no blinking cursor to show the location of the insertion point. It therefore gives the appearance of having not worked, and of requiring a mouse action to activate the insertion point. If you start typing regardless, the text does appear at the invisible insertion point. How annoying is that: that such a lack of attention to detail in the OS has caused me trouble 20 times a day for the last many years.

    The lack of a find by file name default was for me by far the most annoying feature of OS X and I if I die tomorrow I will die happy in having found a work-around.

    Thanks,
  • 6. Re: Find File By Name
    oxcart Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    The answer is to upgrade to SL and then use keyboard shortcuts to disable the default apple-F and then map it onto the default apple-shif-F command.

    Whooopeeeeee!