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10.4: Group and sort Finder Spotlight search results Desktop
When you use find in the Finder (Command-F), you don't get the Spotlight side-bar that lets you control grouping and sorting of the search results.

You can, however, still group results by date or kind, and sort by name, date or kind within those groupings. You just need to have the View Options dialog visible. Control-click on any of the info icons (the circled 'i') to the right of the results, and select Show View Options from the contextual menu. Choose your Group and Sort options, and watch your results change.

[robg adds: Hiding in plain sight, I had no idea this was available for Spotlight's results in Finder searches. Now that I see it, of course, it's everywhere -- it's the standard Finder View Options dialog, so Command-J will show it (as will View: Show View Options and the Gear icon in the toolbar).]
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10.4: Group and sort Finder Spotlight search results
Authored by: ckontyko on Jun 28, '06 10:08:24AM

So how do I "get the Spotlight side-bar that lets you control grouping and sorting of the search results?" I understand the hint posted here, which is great, but what's the alternative? Where is the Spotlight side-bar located? Thanks!



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10.4: Group and sort Finder Spotlight search results
Authored by: Dunkin on Jun 28, '06 05:05:57PM

Use Spotlight
Select "Show all" to get a Spotlight window. The sidebar is on the right.

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Please, not again.



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10.4: Group and sort Finder Spotlight search results
Authored by: sjk on Jun 28, '06 08:27:02PM

Try the option-command-space shortcut.



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Group view has crippled search... but no more!
Authored by: gabester on Jun 28, '06 11:37:59AM

This tip inspired me to try something... Apple-F, Search for Size Greater than 10000k... got the results, and hit Apple-2 to switch from Group view to List view.

I hadn't realized this was possible. I've been very frustrated about the seeming limitations of Tiger's Spotlight search, for example, an inability to sort files by size; and while maybe I just missed the obvious, I think I'm not the only one.
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Group view has crippled search... but no more!
Authored by: nedaf7 on Jun 29, '06 01:03:36AM

Strange, I just independently discovered this same thing within hours of your post...

It seems to me that while the concepts behind Spotlight are wonderful, the implementation leaves something to be desired. Namely, there are many uses which it would appear that Spotlight will not fulfill, such as making a smart folder that shows all documents with any color label (I had to manually edit the smart folder to change the && operators to || –aka OR- operators). Hopefully OS 10.5 will bring an improved implementation of Spotlight, with perhaps better performance as well (it shouldn't lock up before I've even finished typing the first term of my search).



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10.4: Group and sort Finder Spotlight search results
Authored by: billclinton on Jun 29, '06 02:07:36PM

This is all very handy. But can someone figure out how to get "Group by Date" to use the modification date rather than the last-opened date? As soon as you open any file with this search result open, and you have selected "Group by Date," that file pops right up to the top of the list. I don't find this to be useful default behavior.



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10.4: Group and sort Finder Spotlight search results
Authored by: ephramz on Aug 09, '06 02:54:04PM

I just wanted to do the same thing- a find by content, sorted by creation date instead of "last viewed date" (which is the default date sorting method, and I agree, not very useful defauly behavior)- so I did a find in the Finder window, then switched to list view (command-2), then view-options (command-J), then make sure "creation date" is checked. Now "creation date" shows up as a column and I can click on the column header to sort by that instead of "view date".

It's pretty annoying that each time I want to do a search this way, I have to redo all these steps as Finder reverts back to not showing the creation date every time I do a new search. Perhaps if you save it as a search... yeah, that seems to work, and added to my sidebar it's just a click away, but how can I make it have a keyboard shortcut? I guess you could use Launchbar, Butler, or Quicksilver. But then when it pops up you still have to hit the Edit button, so doesn't really save time or keyboard strokes. Hmm... Maybe in Leopard 10.5?



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10.4: Group and sort Finder Spotlight search results
Authored by: Coumerelli on Apr 12, '07 05:38:59AM

This works great! and as expected. except it doesn't work on SMB shares. I don't know about AFP, but I CAN use spotlight on SMB shares and use Apple-2 and sort by date modified - it's just that when I add the date created column they are all "---" - so, nothing.

An otherwise great thread of hints within hints!

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Finder sort files by date modified not date opened
Authored by: jacobwegelin on Oct 27, '09 09:56:43AM

Using command f I can see all files and directories under a given directory which satisfy certain criteria. For instance all files containing "my_weird_text_1993-09-23-14:43:02".

By a mouse click, I can sort the results by filename or by the date they were most recently opened. This means that if I have not modified a file since 2007, but I opened it yesterday in a text editor merely to copy some text out of it and then close without re-saving, it shows up with yesterday's date.

How can I instead sort the results by the date they were most recently modified?



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