Chapter 4: Searching Everything with Spotlight

In This Chapter

arrow.png Mastering basic Spotlight searching skills

arrow.png Selecting text and keywords for best results

arrow.png Displaying results in the Spotlight window

arrow.png Customizing Spotlight settings in System Preferences

Spotlight is Apple’s desktop search technology that you can use to find files and folders on your computer as quickly as you can type. (Yep, that includes all the documents, Contacts cards, Mail messages, folders, and drives that your Mac can access.) In fact, the version of Spotlight included with Mountain Lion can even search other Macs across your network!

This chapter is your ticket to using this powerful search technology like a professional technowizard 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).

Doing a Basic Search

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 +Spacebar), and the Spotlight ...

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