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10.5: Use some advanced search features in
Authored by: Mac Berry on Dec 04, '07 08:12:00AM

I'm sorry to say this really isn't advanced at all. It's far more limited than Spotlight, and even less advanced than the searches you can set up in smart mailboxes, which are already pretty weak. I'll try to explain:

In Spotlight you can perform Boolean searches, such as "from:john OR from:bill", but these won't work in Mail. They are always AND searches (all messages from John AND Bill, rather than all messages from John and all messages from Bill). If you try to type OR it'll actually search for OR!!

In smart folders (and also rules as it happens), you can either match ALL criteria (AND searches), or you can match ANY criteria (OR searches). This is more powerful than the hint, but won't achieve for example: "from Bill or from John, with "snuff" in the subject, but not from the "legal drugs" folder". This was true in Tiger as well.

So in order of descending power, available searches for run: Spotlight, followed by smart folders/rules, followed by this hint, followed by Mail's search bar.

Remember that to use this hint, the search type must be set to "entire message".


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10.5: Use some advanced search features in
Authored by: ClarkGoble on Dec 11, '07 08:01:55PM

This is true. I was looking at the plist that the Smart Mailboxes are stored in and you really can't do more complex stuff there. I was kind of hoping they'd be stored more in a format like the Finder's smart folders, which are easy to edit. But they did things in a very weird way.

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