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OS X Mountain Lion: Keywords to use in Spotlight searches

Keywords to use in Spotlight searches

If you know the type of item you’re looking for, you can specify it when performing a search. To specify the type, add the text “kind:<type of item>” at the end of your search. For example, if you want to search for images of New York City, enter “New York City kind:images.” If you want to search for email messages that mention Anne Johnson, enter “Anne Johnson kind:email.”

You can use these keywords in the search fields in the Spotlight menu, Finder windows, and the Open dialog.

Type of item Keyword

Apps

kind:application

kind:applications

kind:app

Contacts

kind:contact

kind:contacts

Folders

kind:folder

kind:folders

Email

kind:email

kind:emails

kind:mail message

kind:mail messages

Calendar events

kind:event

kind:events

Reminders

kind:reminder

kind:reminders

Images

kind:image

kind:images

Movies

kind:movie

kind:movies

Music

kind:music

Audio

kind:audio

PDF

kind:pdf

kind:pdfs

Preferences

kind:system preferences

kind:preferences

Bookmarks

kind:bookmark

kind:bookmarks

Fonts

kind:font

kind:fonts

Presentations

kind:presentations

kind:presentation

Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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