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Take full advantage of the Finder - it's faster!
Authored by: sjonke on Oct 09, '01 02:53:14PM
Rather than clicking and holding on a folder in the dock or using the command-line and this type of error-prone shortcut, a faster and easier way to do things (IMHO :) is to just set the folder's view options to "Keep Arranged By Name" (in the "View" menu choose "Show View Options..."). Now, just open the folder however you like. If you put it in the dock just click-and-release rather than holding to display the pop-up menu - you want to open the folder in the Finder, not pick from the pop-up menu. Then just type in the first 2 or 3 characters of the name and the Finder will select the file in the Finder with those initial letters. Press command-o (for "open") to open it. Use tab/shift-tab to move alphabetically forward/back if it doesn't select the right file due to more than one having the same starting letters. If you are way off and mistyped, just wait a second and then retype the letters correctly. Also, of course, you can use up/down/left/right as well, but that's less useful than tab and command-tab. You can use any view if you are running 10.1 (in 10.0.x only the Icon view works properly), but I find that Icon view works best for most situations - don't forget to set the Icon view options to Keep Arranged By Name. As a plus, if you are forced to use OS 9 (let us hope not) this technique will work the same there. If you have $20 to spend and are a bit savvy, I recommend LaunchBar which can do the same kind of thing globally (without need of the Finder.) Press command-space and LB pops to the top, type in a few letters of the name of the document and LB dynamically searches for the file(s) with that name. Press return to open (or up/down to scroll alphabetically). However, you will have to add your story folder(s) to its configuration ("Configuration" in LaunchBar's pop-up menu.) Indeed, if you only want to use it to open your stories you might want to remove all folders from its configuration except for your story folder(s). Also a tip for searching the content of your stories: if you add the folder containing your stories/folders to Sherlock it will index it quickly and then you can quickly search on the content of just your story folder(s) as opposed to your entire user folder or drive.

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Sherlock sucks!
Authored by: semios on Oct 09, '01 04:59:09PM

My experience with sherlock so far is it's too slow, does too much, and you can't even stop the search once it starts. He'd be far better off doing a recursive grep than trying to use

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