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Adjust All My Files criteria from the Finder Apps

We’ve previously shared a Terminal-based approach for customizing the behavior of All My Files in the Finder. But in Mountain Lion, customizing All My Files’s search criteria—or the criteria of any other similar Finder sidebar entry, is deliciously simple:

Simply right-click (or Control-click, or two-finger click with a trackpad) on the sidebar entry, and choose Show Search Criteria. You’ll see the Smart Search characteristics that power the entry in question, and you can tweak and re-save the search factors you prefer.

Full disclosure: You can’t save over the existing All My Files saved search with this approach; you’re really just saving a new search instead. But it’s quick, painless, and non-destructive.

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Adjust All My Files criteria from the Finder
Authored by: ribbo39 on Jul 09, '13 02:40:14AM

Unfortunately this doesn't work for me unless I'm doing something wrong.

I'm using Mac OSX 10-8-4



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Adjust All My Files criteria from the Finder
Authored by: diphosphine on Jul 09, '13 10:09:11AM

I use 10.8.4 also and I thought the hint wasn't working for me either. The problem for me was that I was trying to immediately right-click on the All My Files in the sidebar and the Show Search Criteria option did not show up in the menu. To get the Show Search Criteria option to show up I had to first simply click on the All My Files so that it would show the search results in the finder. Then when I right-clicked on All My Files the Show Search Criteria showed up as expected.



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Adjust All My Files criteria from the Finder
Authored by: msadesign on Jul 09, '13 05:13:32AM

Works perfectly for me. Up to now I found All My Files to be pretty much useful only for my 86-year-old father in law. This brings some usefulness. Thanks!

btw: Lex, I wonder why I'm flagged a new user? I've been a member of this site since the beginning?



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Adjust All My Files criteria from the Finder
Authored by: digs0 on Jul 10, '13 10:48:04AM

I have two different disks in my iMac and as far as I can tell, "All My Files" only shows what's on the boot drive. So I did what this hint recommends and included both drives in the search. Then I took it a step further. If you want to replace the standard "All My Files" with your new search parameters, you can try this workaround:

- Right-click on "All My Files" in the sidebar and choose "Open Enclosing Folder"
- Get Info on that file and copy the icon
- Right-click on the Saved Search that you created with different parameters and choose "Open Enclosing Folder"
- Get Info on that file and paste the icon
- Drag the file over to your sidebar and place it where you want
- To avoid confusion, in Finder Preferences turn off "All My Files"

Now I have the familiar "All My Files" icon in the sidebar, but it shows me search results with the parameters I want instead of the Apple default.

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DJR



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