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10.7: Customize All My Files Apps
You can customize 'All My Files' so a new Finder window will display whatever search you prefer.

All My Files is great for opening a Finder window and easily seeing recent documents. I found list view more useful with lots of PDFs and other docs with long and similar names. But list view will show an endless list going back as far as your oldest files. I wanted something else, in this case, only a list of files opened in the last month.

I created a new search and then made that 'All My Files.' After creating and saving the search:

Backup the file:
/System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources/MyLibraries/myDocuments.cannedSearch/search.savedSearch
And then replace
sudo cp ~/Library/Saved Searches/[your newly createdsearch].savedSearch /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources/MyLibraries/myDocuments.cannedSearch/search.savedSearch

[crarko adds: I admit I'm not sure how this is any better than just creating a new Smart Folder with the appropriate search criteria. But if you so want to modify All My Files instead here is a way to do it.]
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10.7: Customize All My Files
Authored by: reldnahcire on Nov 11, '11 10:39:31AM

Depending on what you are looking to show when opening a new Finder window, you can also just change what is shown in new Finder windows under preferences.



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10.7: Customize All My Files
Authored by: scottbayes on Nov 11, '11 11:36:00AM

This appears to change All My Files for all users, not just the user who wanted the change, though I haven't tested it.



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10.7: Customize All My Files
Authored by: dschneiderch on Nov 11, '11 12:17:04PM
I like this hint since Lion defaults to the All My Files view which IMHO is completely useless (too many random files show up). However, I feel it could use some expansion to help make it more useful in general. I've never saved a search before and although I sort of figured that out, is there anyway to exclude certain Kinds of files such as Applications or have the search criteria be an "OR" statement? E.G. Ideally I think I'd like the Finder window to open with .pdf, .tex, .docx, .xlsx, and .m from the last month but when I specify a file extension it automatically excludes anything else. A quick search yielded this hint which explains more about raw queries but it'd be nice not to have to learn the syntax.... is this possible or am I asking too much from Apple

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10.7: Customize All My Files
Authored by: Unsoluble on Nov 11, '11 05:23:26PM

You might already know this, but just in case: You can change the default view in Finder's preferences, under "New Finder windows show:"



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10.7: Customize All My Files
Authored by: dschneiderch on Nov 12, '11 09:57:34AM

yeah I did know.. I just think the All My Files could be really useful if implemented better. But Thanks



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Will it stick?
Authored by: googoo on Nov 11, '11 01:04:07PM

This is nice, but I am afraid it will not stick after software updates. You may have to redo it each time you apply an Apple update.

Apple was extremely shortsighted when they created the All My Files view because they left out files with the .doc, .xls, and .ppt extensions. Guess what? Many of us have to use these legacy extensions for various reasons. Apple should have called their view Some of My Files! This fix would allow a user to create a search that would include these omitted files (rightfully earning the name All My Files).

-Mark



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