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Saving Spotlight Searches as Smart Folders

If you initiate a search from the Spotlight window or the search box that’s in the top-right corner of every Finder window, you get a bonus—you can save your search to use again. For example, press Command-Option-Spacebar to open a Spotlight window, then click the plus sign (+) button at the far-right end of the criteria bar (next to the Save button). Now click on Any, scroll to the bottom of the list to Other, and type “address” (no quotes) into the text field that appears. As soon as you start to type, you’ll see the contacts from your Address Book displayed in the results widow. Click the Save button in the top-right corner of the window, type in a name for the search (something like “Contacts“ perhaps?), press Return, and you’ll see a new folder appear in the sidebar. But this is no ordinary folder, my friend. No, this is a Smart Folder. Why is it smart? Because the next time you need to find a contact, all you have to do is click on the folder and it will run the same search again and show you the results, which will include any contacts you have added since the last time you searched. That’s smart.

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