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10.4: Easily limit a Smart Folder to a specific folder System 10.4
Tiger only hintAt the risk of submitting the obvious ... I had a hard time when first using Tiger's Smart Folders feature to just find recent items in my Freelance folder. I created a new Smart Folder, but just couldn't find any search criteria to limit things to a certain folder.

The solution? First navigate to the folder to which you want to limit the search. Hit Command-F, or in the menu, go to File -> Find. The "tab bar" at the top of the search criteria window now shows the folder you are currently in as one of the options. Select it, and then you can (as always) specify the other search criteria to your liking. Hit the Save button, and you now have a Smart Folder restricted to a specific folder (and its sub-folders).

[robg adds: You can do this directly from the New Smart Folder window, but it's quite time consuming -- click the Others... button and drag your destination folder into the list of locations, then uncheck all the others. The problem with this is that the changes you make to the Others list will remain in force -- the next time you create a Smart Folder, the Others pop-up will look just like you left it. So the above method is the best way to create a folder-specific Smart Folder. And yes, this is a fairly obvious hint, but not everyone may be aware of it. I find the behavior a bit confusing, as you have to remember to first move to the folder you wish to search, then create the Smart Folder...]
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10.4: Easily limit a Smart Folder to a specific folder
Authored by: idleFingers on Sep 19, '05 12:11:24PM

for this to work, you need the 'Allways open folders in new finder window' option in finder prefs turned off. Otherwise, when you hit cmd-f, a new window will pop up without the selected folder's name in the bar.



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10.4: Easily limit a Smart Folder to a specific folder
Authored by: beepotato on Sep 20, '05 04:20:02AM

Else, you can start the search by typing something in the search field in the window's tool bar. The search will start in the current folder. Then you can add your search criteria as usual.
If what you typed in the search field is not supposed to be part of your search criteria, you can get rid of it by emptying the field (do not click on the X button in the field, as that would cancel the whole search! Just delete the text using backspace instead).
You're now ready to save your search as a smart folder.



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10.4: Easily limit a Smart Folder to a specific folder
Authored by: mccabem on Sep 20, '05 07:20:25AM

So how can one limit a Spotlight to ONLY the present folder - even to the exclusion of sub folders?

Finding subfolder names along with file names is expected, but what if I only want to search the contents of the folder - nothing broader nor anything deeper?



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10.4: Easily limit a Smart Folder to a specific folder
Authored by: sjk on Sep 20, '05 07:19:50PM

I don't think it's possible to selectively exclude subdirectories from an active Spotlight search. For example, I couldn't find a way to exclude the Thumbs and Originals directories in a Smart Folder search of an iPhoto library.



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