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Spotlight search for non-listed file types (and searching as created or modified)?

445 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jun 25, 2013 6:55 PM by hotwheels 22 RSS
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Jun 25, 2013 8:55 AM

i need to search for .dwg files that i cannot find but believe i created in the last three months.


for some reason i am not googling to the right place on how to do this best.


can anyone advise as to whether i can just /add/ this file type or if simply putting in ".dwg" or "?dwg" or something else is best for this?


also, any advice on finding a file that i /think/ i created but may have modified (?) in the last year? i mean, i know i worked on something which would have ORIGINALLY been opened as another file (i made changes to this file) but for the life of me i don't remember the name of this file or whether i renamed it or whatever so i don't know whether to search as modified or created or whatever.



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  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,755 points)

    Add File Extension to the list of search attributes


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    As for finding a file in the last year; without more attributes there is no way to narrow it down. THe type of file would be a good place to start.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,755 points)

    Try this, instead of starting in Spotlight open a Finder window and type command-F, that will turn the Finder window into a Finde search window. Now go to the Kind pulldown and select File Extension and enter dwg.


    That should at least narrow your initial list of files to dwg types.


    See if that at least gets you in the ballpark, post back if you need to refine the list even more.


    good luck

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,755 points)

    Just keep in mind that starting a spotlight search with just the letter 't' is going to pull up  a tremendous amount of stuff. You really need to start the search with something more specific.


    If the file(s) you are looking for are 'dwg' then by starting in a Finder window search and entering the file extension first you'll save a great deal of time.




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