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Don’t Know the Exact Filename? No Problem

What are the odds that I’m going to remember the exact filename for something I saved last month? About the same as remembering the name of a file I saved five minutes ago—nada. Fortunately, Spotlight’s not picky and will take whatever information you can give it and start searching. If you know you created the file during a certain time period, enter the dates in the search box like this: “date:1/1/08-1/17/08” (no quotes, in case you haven’t caught on to that yet). You sent an email to some friends about how you might have to put on jeans instead of shorts because it’s supposed to dip below 50° in Tampa tonight, and you want to be sure to send it to your buddy in Chicago who just got buried by a blizzard. You know the subject line included “Brrrrrr,” so type “kind:message subject:brrrrrr” and see what you get. You get the idea. Start typing and see if you get close enough for Spotlight to figure out what you’re looking for.

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