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Before switching to Lion (on Snow leopard) I used to open a directory (like my Downloads) and start searching using the search box at the top right of the finder window for a file and there was an option to restrict the search to "filenames" only.
The "filename" option does not show up by default for me, is there a way to bring it back?

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You can add tokens like this by typing name: before the search phrase or selecting Filename contains from the suggestion list:

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name: does not work for me! but now I noticed that when I start typing a menu appear with an option that says File name contains ... if I click on that I get the desired effect. – Ali Dec 15 '11 at 15:44
@Ali You have to type like name:search phrase and then press return. Apple really botched up the UI though. – user495470 Dec 15 '11 at 16:10
Yep, you need to press return and then you'll see it as shown it the picture. – Ali Dec 15 '11 at 20:34

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