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While browsing your iTunes library, you can start typing the name of an album, and iTunes will scroll along to the album in question. It seems to have a buffer, as typing The best of Paul Brady jumped past the other The Best of... albums I had to the reach the Paul Brady collection.

This is presuming that you have the music sorted by album. If it is sorted by artist, typing the artist's name will scroll to the first album by that artist.

You don't need to click in the search bar to quickly get to where you want. You can navigate iTunes entirely by keyboard which was news to me.

[robg adds: This works in any of the three iTunes view modes; just make sure that you have the listing panel active, or else your typing will choose items in the Source column instead. It's also not restricted to album and artist; whatever column you have elected to sort on will receive the characters you type -- song, genre, whatever...]
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Browse iTunes music collection by typing
Authored by: Twist on Oct 19, '06 10:45:05AM

This hint actually works in many, many different applications that include a column based view mode including the Finder. I believe this functionality is actually part of the various carbon and cocoa classes such as NSTableView and it works in older versions of iTunes (going back to 1.0 on Mac OS 9 even I think).



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This is straight out of the help file
Authored by: Anonymous on Oct 20, '06 04:33:48AM

Sorry to be churlish, but in the help file:

"Searching your library or a playlist
You can use the search field (in the upper-right corner of the iTunes window) to quickly locate items in your library or a playlist.

To find an item in your iTunes library:
Select an item (Music or a playlist, for example) to search.
You can't search radio listings because they are not available until you connect to the Internet and retrieve them.

Click in the search field and type the text you want to find.
As you type, iTunes displays the items that contain the text you entered.

To search the Comment column, make sure it's displayed (choose View > View Options).

To see all your items again, delete the text from the search field (or press the Escape key)."



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Browse iTunes music collection by typing
Authored by: Morphie on Oct 20, '06 01:36:48PM

This has been the case for a long time in iTunes, although some of the fields don't behave as expected. Does anyone know what exactly is going on when you try to type a genre name while it is sorted by genre. It seems to have either a very small buffer or some other strange issue when in this mode and I haven't been able to figure it out. Typing the artist/album/song etc has been one of my favorite navigation techniques for a while now, I thought it was obvious to everyone =).



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Browse iTunes music collection by typing
Authored by: tommyw on Oct 20, '06 03:16:00PM

>Sorry to be churlish, but in the help file:

>"Searching your library or a playlist
>You can use the search field (in the upper-right corner of the iTunes window) >to quickly locate items in your library or a playlist.

Perhaps I wasn't clear...

The point is you don't need to be in the search field at all.




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Authored by: Anonymous on Oct 21, '06 12:31:55AM

I re-read your hint. No, you did make yourself clear. It was me being stupid. Sorry.



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