OS X El Capitan: Create or modify a Smart Folder

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Create or modify a Smart Folder

Smart Folders automatically gather files by type and subject matter. Smart Folders are updated as you change, add, and remove files on your Mac.

Create a Smart Folder

  1. In the Finder, choose File > New Smart Folder, or press Option-Command-N.

  2. To search for files, enter a topic, a phrase, or another parameter in the search field.

  3. To determine whether the search should include only the names of files or their entire contents, choose “Name matches” in the menu that appears below the search field, then click Name, then choose either Filename or Everything.

  4. To search for additional specific attributes, click the Add button (+) below the search field, then make choices using the search attribute pop-up menus that appear.

    The menus work in pairs; for example, to search for images, you choose Kind from the pop-up menu on the left, then choose Images from the pop-up menu next to it.

  5. Click Save, then specify a name and location for your Smart Folder.

    If you don’t want your Smart Folder to be in the sidebar, deselect Add To Sidebar.

    You can’t use certain characters, including punctuation such as a colon (:), in folder names. If an error message appears, try using another name.

Change the criteria for a Smart Folder

  1. Open the Smart Folder.

  2. Begin typing in the folder’s search field, or click the Action pop-up menu , then choose Show Search Criteria.

Published Date: Sep 19, 2017
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