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10.5: Search system folders in Spotlight
Authored by: rammjet on Aug 24, '09 08:13:51AM

Leopard added a search parameter for system folders. It just isn't visible by default. But it can be made visible.

From the Desktop, open a "Find" window by pressing Command-F (or go to File menu -> Find).

Near the top of the window, you should see a search parameter bar with popup menus. The default parameter is "Kind". If you don't see the popups, click on the "plus" (+) button on the right.

Click on the "Kind" popup, and on the bottom, select "Other...". A sheet window will open to show the parameters, and it has a search field. Type: system

There should be only one result. Click the "In Menu" box and then "OK". Now, whenever you want system files as part of your search, you can "include" and "don't include" them by selecting that search parameter.

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10.5: Search system folders in Spotlight
Authored by: horhey23 on Aug 24, '09 09:58:57AM

Great tip, thanks!

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10.5: Search system folders in Spotlight
Authored by: kd35a on Aug 24, '09 01:39:14PM

Thanks for the tip! :D

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The OP's hint does this site a disservice (that's becoming too common here, IMO)
Authored by: dilvish1984 on Aug 25, '09 12:32:51PM

I also came into the comments to point out that there was this easier, sanctioned way to accomplish this hint, only to find I had been beaten to the punch.

This brings up a concern I've had ongoing about this site -- there really needs to be some way to warn users coming onto this site that a hint is counterproductive, and to let them know to look in the comments for a better solution. The star rating system won't allow a rating below 1 (it seems obvious that at least 0 should be possible, if not also negative ratings). Also, there should be a way for a comment like the one to which I'm replying to be promoted to replace the original hint in a case like this.

Any possibility of these sort of changes Rob? (It seems to me that the current system of relying on Rob to add his comments to the bottom of a hint fails to take full advantage of the community effort.)

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