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I want to use my movie library's Posters and Artwork as a cycling background. The problem is movie managers place each movie in a folder, and then a subfolder for artwork (jpgs). And choosing a Folder for Backgrounds is not recursive.

In Finder I ran a search for ‘type:image’ then saved that as "Movies.savedSearch".

Then in the Desktop & Screen Saver preference pane, I tried to add that folder, but it won't drag-n-drop, and if I hit the + to select the folder, it is greyed out / not accessible.

Any idea how to get this to work?

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  • If I had more rep I would have created a "savedSearch" tag.
    – Jules
    Jun 8 '17 at 14:32
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    You're looking for the [smart-folders] tag.
    – grg
    Jun 8 '17 at 16:49
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This isn't possible. Smart folders are saved as .savedSearch and aren't real folders, so you can't add them to lists requiring folders.

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    Hm. Folder aliases work. I figured a Smart Folder would, too. Any workaround for this... short of making an alias of every jpg into a real folder?
    – Jules
    Jun 8 '17 at 16:55
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    @Jules Making an alias of each jpg might not be too bad with a script which you could run in the background or run on demand.
    – grg
    Jun 8 '17 at 16:59

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