Well THAT was fast!! Thank you very much. Just to confirm - if I wanted to find a file samed "so and so" - and I have NOT "Spotlighted" the drive - if I open the drive and type the above file name in the SEARCH window - will it find that file (even though the drive was NOT Spotlighted)?
I think your answer is YES!
If so, why does Apple have "Spotlight"? Thanks, Kappy
No. The drive must be indexed in order for Spotlight to find anything. A Finder search uses Spotlight. As i said previously there is no difference except how you institute the search. You can search using the Spotlight icon in the menubar, by pressing COMMAND-F in the Finder, or by entering a search term in the Finder's search field. All three use Spotlight.
Thank you, Kappy. NOW I understand it.
Except one little thing . . . sorry, then what did you mean when you wrote:
"Finder searches provide an easy way of defining additional search criteria." When I look at the FINDER search vs the SPOTLIGHT search - they look the same?
Am I missing something? Thanks very much - I think most people don't know this!
Using COMMAND-F or Finder's search field provides a window like this:
If you click on the Kind dropdown menu you will see:
You can select different search criteria for locating files. If you then select Other you will see:
You can then check the different search attributes you wish to add to the previously shown dropdown menu thus providing many different search criteria.
OMG! I was doing it even diffeently! I was just typing the search word directly in the "SEARCH" window at the top right corner - not even bothering to type "Cmd + F". So I see there actually are 3 ways to search. But you must SPOTLIGHT the drive for any, or ALL of them to work.
Thanks, Kappy - NOW I understand! Very helpful.