I'd like to create a savedSearch in Finder that looks for recent Documents AND pdf's. If I create a rule such as:

Kind is Document
Kind is PDF

it will look for things that are Documents AND pdfs. How do I set it to look for Documents OR pdfs?


2 Answers 2


Yes, you can:

  1. Select Finder. Create a Smart Folder using the key combination Option+Command+N
  2. Click the + icon. Kind is any is the default search rule. Leave it for now.
  3. Most important step: Hold down the Option key. You will see the + icon change to
  4. Simply click the icon to add conditional criteria. Use the default, "Any : of the following are true”
  5. Specify the criteria using two rules: Kind is Document and Kind is PDF
  6. Now, delete first search rule made in Step 2. Here is a screenshot of the result:

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As you can see, “any of the following..” functions as “or” (versus “all of the following..” which functions as “and”)

  • This is so great! You can even combine "Any" and "All"!
    – Adam_G
    Dec 15, 2014 at 15:32
  • @Adam_G Yes. And a TON more criteria to search by exist in the dropdown than that which exist in the default dropdown. It’s a hidden feature that allows for one to search his filesystem in a much more powerful way! Cheers.
    – njboot
    Dec 16, 2014 at 5:55

Since PDF is also a Document those can not be separated with a "or".

If you want to search only for pure Documents (non PDF) , the use the serch box and select what kind of document you are after


If you want to search for PDF (that are also Documents use that.

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