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Avoiding Junk Search Results

There is one caveat to the previous tip. If the word you are looking for is contained within another word, you’ll get a bunch of “junk” hits. For example, search for “he” (I can’t think of an instance when you would want to search for “he,” other than when you need an example for a Spotlight search tip, but you never know) and if you leave off the quotes, Spotlight will find things like she, the, help, where—you get the idea. So if you know the exact word or phrase you are looking for, put it in quotes and Spotlight will eliminate the junk for you. The same thing applies to multi-word searches. If you know the name of the file you’re looking for is 2005 Bucs Roster, you would search for “2005 Bucs Roster” with quotes around it.

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