In This Chapter
Mastering basic Spotlight searching skills
Selecting text and keywords for best results
Displaying results in the Spotlight window
Customizing Spotlight settings in System Preferences
Spotlight is Apple's desktop search technology that you can use to find anything on your laptop as quickly as you can type. (Yep, that includes all the documents, Address Book contacts, Mail messages, folders, and drives that your MacBook can access.) In fact, the version of Spotlight included with Snow Leopard can even search folders shared on other Macs across your network! Yes, you read right: If the information is on your MacBook's hard drive, a CD, your network, or even another Mac in your network, consider it located.
This chapter is your ticket to using this new search technology like a professional techno-wizard from day one. I discuss how Spotlight works and how you can use it to locate exactly what you want (and present those results as proudly as a wine steward showing off a fine vintage).
Figure 4-1 illustrates the Spotlight search field, which is always available from the Finder menu bar. Click the magnifying glass icon once (or press
To run a search, simply click in the Spotlight box and begin typing. You see matching items appear as soon as you type, and the search results are continually refined while you type ...