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10.4: Consolidate all Smart Folders in one Smart Folder System 10.4
Tiger only hintThis may be a fairly obvious hint, but you can consolidate every Smart Search on your computer using a single Smart Search folder (this beats putting every Smart Search folder in your side bar, if you ask me). When you make your new consolidating Smart Search, use the Filename field from "Other," set it to Contains, and then type .savedSearch in the field. This will put all Saved Searches under that one single Search.

As seen in this screenshot, you can add a Raw Query so that this new all Saved Searches folder doesn't show up -- just include its name in the Raw Query, as shown.

I guess you could also just put an alias to the ~/User/Library/Saved Searches folder in your Sidebar, but that's less geeky.
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10.4: Consolidate all Smart Folders in one Smart Folder
Authored by: bellis1 on Jun 03, '05 01:52:58PM

On my system (1.8 iMac G5, 1GB RAM) with 12 smart folders it takes over 5 seconds for it open. Any suggestions on speeding up the process? Any ideas on how to make quicksilver to do something similar?



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10.4: Consolidate all Smart Folders in one Smart Folder
Authored by: useful on Jun 03, '05 02:37:42PM

The hint includes one obvious solution. Just use an alias to ~/Library/Saved Searches/ -- that will load as fast as any lother folder. The hint says this is "less geeky", but it's faster, simpler, and better for most people.

If you use Quicksilver, just install the new Spotlight module, and your saved searches (assuming they are in ~/Libary/Saved Searches/) are added to the catalog. The super-cool part of this is that you can choose between opening the Smart Folder or having the results feed directly into QuickSilver.

Both of these seem IMHO like far better solutions than the hint above.



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10.4: Consolidate all Smart Folders in one Smart Folder
Authored by: Wolverine on Jun 03, '05 09:19:29PM

You're absolutely correct. The only reason to do it the hint way is if you have scattered your searches all over your computer, which I was the case for me at one point because I had put my search plists in the places that I frequent often.



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10.4: Consolidate all Smart Folders in one Smart Folder
Authored by: androitica on Jun 07, '05 06:26:54PM

Try putting

(kMDItemKind = "Saved Search Query")

into the Raw Query and get rid of the Filename contains. See if that speeds things up.



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