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A caution on Spotlight searches and ampersands
Authored by: noworryz on Sep 25, '08 01:49:16PM

The spotlight search in the upper right hand corner of the screen is limited to normal word searches. Instead, click on the desktop and type Command-F. Pull down the search entry menu defaulting to "Kind" and select "Other..." instead. Choose "Text content" from the resulting dialog box. Then enter the ampersand in the text box to the right.
The search result will be different and, I suspect, may fill your need.

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A caution on Spotlight searches and ampersands
Authored by: osxpounder on Sep 25, '08 04:15:52PM

Sadly, no. Same results (lack of results). Originally I used the search field in the Finder toolbar rather than Cmd-F, but I hadn't tried the default Spotlight (Cmd-Space) search until I was testing before I submitted the hint.

Oddly, though, I just tried Cmd-Space to search for "—" right now, and it turned up just one hit (there should be at least 3), and it was in an email I sent *about this hint on this site*. So, Spotlight finds that text string if it's in a Mail message. Odd.

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