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Spotlight search by key word in TITLE

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Michael Bryan Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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May 26, 2012 12:27 PM

10.7's version of the search utility Spotlight by default searches the

CONTENT and displays the names of hundreds of files containing

The search term, making it very difficult to visually filter results for

a key word in only a document TITLE,

 

Is there a way to adjust or hack Spotlight so it searches ONLY

document titles at the very outset for one's search word or phrase.

 

Snow Leopard's Spotlight used to contain a button allowing filtering of search results by TITLE.

 

 

Please, Apple, bring this "by title' back when you release OSX 10.8 !

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iMac 2.7 GHz core i5
  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)
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    May 26, 2012 12:32 PM (in response to Michael Bryan)

    That's not quite true. But you can sort the order of types of files that are shown here:

     

     > System Preferences > Spotlight > Search Results

     

    Drag 'Documents' up to the top of the list.

  • jsd2 Level 5 Level 5 (6,200 points)
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    May 26, 2012 1:14 PM (in response to Michael Bryan)

    When you do a Finder search (command-F), a little temporary box will appear just below where you are typing in the upper-right search field, and one of its  headers will be Filenames, with the search term you have typed just below it.  For instance, if I am typing "apple" to search in my Documents folder, then before I hit <return> I see this:

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    If I then click on the line that says "Filename contains apple" then the search field where I was typing changes automatically to this:

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    Screen Shot 2012-05-26 at 3.52.19 PM.png

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    and the results now reflect a search of the filenames, not the contents of the files.

  • jsd2 Level 5 Level 5 (6,200 points)
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    May 27, 2012 9:52 AM (in response to Michael Bryan)

    There's another Lion "feature" in this context that to my taste is a step backward .

     

    If you type command-F from a Finder window  you get a default "Contents" search, and as you mentioned, if you are in Snow Leopard you are then given an obvious button for converting it to a Filename search. But even better in Snow Leopard, if you add the shift key and  type shift-command-F at a Finder window, you immediately get a Filename search, with no other action required.

     

    This handy feature doesn't work in Lion. Typing shift-Command-F instead gives you a new Finder window into "All my Files", which I don't find useful.  And if I did want to see "All my Files," it would always be available from the sidebar.

    Mac mini (Late 2009), Mac OS X (10.7.4), dual boot OS X (10.6.8)
  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)
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    May 27, 2012 10:08 AM (in response to jsd2)

    jsd2 wrote:

     

    But even better in Snow Leopard, if you add the shift key and  type shift-command-F at a Finder window, you immediately get a Filename search, with no other action required.

     

     

    Lion still has that function, but the command has changed to

     

    control-command-F

     

  • jsd2 Level 5 Level 5 (6,200 points)
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    May 27, 2012 10:39 AM (in response to softwater)

    softwater wrote:

     

     

    Lion still has that function, but the command has changed to

     

    control-command-F

     

     

    Ah, good to know, thanks! 

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