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10.6: Show creation and modification dates in search window System 10.6
Snow Leopard only hintThe Snow Leopard Finder search window you get after using Spotlight or pressing Command+Shift+F (to search for files names) or Command+F (to search inside files) does not show the creation and modification dates of items on Mac OS X 10.6.4. At least not by default.

To change this, Control click inside any of these search windows (there's no need to type or search for any specific keyword) and select Show View Options. Select the desired options like creation and modification date and then close the window. From that moment, all search windows will show the creation and modification column tabs.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. You can set the View Options for any Finder windows from the 'View' menu, but it appears that doing this for the search window was introduced in 10.6. Looking at it in 10.5.8 it said there were no View Options for the search window.]
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10.6: Show creation and modification dates in search window
Authored by: achitnis on Jan 06, '11 07:59:55AM

Why on earth can't one select "size" as a column in search view options??



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10.6: Show creation and modification dates in search window
Authored by: doneitner on Jan 06, '11 04:45:29PM

Thanks to the OP for finding this. I also have to wonder why you can't select Size as a column, though. Maybe in 10.7 unless they give up on the whole folder interface altogether and present everything just as full screens of icons. *grumble*



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10.6: Show creation and modification dates in search window
Authored by: baltwo on Jan 06, '11 04:47:16PM

http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/index_files/add-columns-to-spotlight-search-results.html has the answer.



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Size and others...
Authored by: gabester on Jan 07, '11 07:54:36AM

We've also got this hint: http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=2009083113534843&query=spotlight+size

I suspect that size and certain other columns aren't user selectable because their display is at best buggy. For example, if I do a command-F and search for kind = all movies sorted by size, it tries to sort them by size but periodically gets them out of order - a 10mb followed by a 400mb followed by a 60mb file. So, frustratingly, Apple's probably removed access to the feature until they get it working right; but you can hack around it in the meanwhile if you need it.

What I really don't understand is why it was necessary to break the functionality that worked in 10.4 and even in the older Find File of Mac OS 9!
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Size and others...
Authored by: BY1 on Jan 10, '11 07:59:32PM

as gabester has noted, sometimes the sorted results of Spotlight are just wrong.

This has been a "feature" of Spotlight for several iterations of the OS.
I can recall a number of times when I would search for an item, see the list out of proper sequence, and then moments later, when I checked back to that list, the sequence was different, and still not in correct order. As if it thought the size of items was changing moment by moment.
(in these cases, I was searching for fixed size items, not cache files)

One of the many reasons why Spotlight has never been my favorite.

(It is sad... they took a good Find procedure that worked in Panther, added some good idea extras, implemented them in a mixed bag fashion, and then really messed up the user interface and basic Find functionality in Tiger, etc. It has never recovered.)

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10.6: Show creation and modification dates in search window
Authored by: fud on Jan 12, '11 11:38:58AM

Now if I could also have a PATH column. This would be incredibly useful for organizing files.



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