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10.5: Get more from Spotlight with new operators
Authored by: davidpogue on Nov 15, '07 05:06:14PM

Kirk's notes on the new Spotlight syntax are great, but I'd like to clear up two small statements in his article:

1. that there's no master list of the new Spotlight syntax, and

2. that it's not documented! :)

It's actually documented in my own "Mac OS X: The Missing Manual," Leopard Edition, coming out Dec. 1. I've sent Rob the relevant pages from the book, which includes the complete list of 120 different Spotlight query terms!

(I got it from a product manager at Apple. It's great to have, especially since Spotlight accepts only one-word search terms, and it's not always easy to guess the one-word version of each metadata type. For example, to find images wider than 800 pixels, you might expect that you could use the "pixel width" metadata type--but it doesn't work unless you type "width>800.")

--David Pogue

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