I have an advanced Finder search criteria to show everything modified within the last X days. I'm not seeing an option that would let me restrict this search to only files within a specific directory (and sub-directories).

The Finder preference that controls where to search does not apply to advanced searches.

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It seems once you've saved a search, you can't change what folder(s) it scopes. I recreated the search from the directory I wanted to include, and that worked.

  • tbh, if it's one directory, just sorting by date modified would be a pretty simple alternative.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Sep 9, 2020 at 16:19
  • @Tetsujin - wanted it to include sub-directories and those files too
    – Karric
    Commented Sep 10, 2020 at 17:29

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