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Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Dave!Oh happy day!

I just noticed that Apple has finally... FINALLY... added a Finder preference so that your searches aren't brain dead. In previous Mac OS X versions, the Finder would always search the entire frackin' computer whenever you did a search from a Finder window. This is sublimely stupid, because odds are you just want to search within the folder you are already in! It's about time they fixed this, I just think it's a shame that it's not turned on by default.

Finder Preferences Window Snapshot

This has been such a major frustration for me day-in and day-out that discovering Apple had fixed it was enough to have me walking on air all day! It's the little things, I guess.

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  1. Hilly says:

    It’s the little things…


  2. Finn says:

    I have been using a Mac since like 1990 and you still know far more about them then I do! You rock.

    So… question: Is it possible to have folders sort items by most-accessed? A friend just made the switch and asked.


  3. Dave2 says:

    I don’t think the file system tracks how many times you access a file… but you can do a LOT of stuff with “Smart Folders” so you might check into that.

  4. Howard says:

    Looks like my copy of Snow Leopard will finally show today. I’ve been feeling squealarific all morning.

  5. what is this apple thing of which you speak?

  6. Awesome. Settings changed.

    In addition:
    I’d like a default to have it start with the filename, instead of the contents. I generally use good filenames, so I don’t need it to look inside the files unless I’m desperate. I don’t mind unless I’m connected to a network drive, then it’s too slow…

  7. Dave2 says:


    Maybe next time?

  8. The Momshell says:

    Great discovery! Thanks for sharing. (Yes, I’m *this* behind on my feed reader.)

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