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New smart folder renamed “All My Files” folder. How to revert?

I created a new Smart Folder with the Kind is Document filter. I then sorted by Date Last Opened and saved the search as Recents. It seems like doing so has overwritten the default "All My Files" ...
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Smart folder using “or” search?

Is there a way to create a macOS smart folder which uses an "or" search? E.g. find all files which have tags "A" or "B"? It seems that smart folders allow only to search using an "and" command.
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Smart Folders stopped working after upgrade to High Sierra

I have several Smart Folders that find items by tag, e.g., tag = red. After upgrading to High Sierra, these Smart Folders stopped working, i.e., they show no files. (The files are still tagged.) I ...
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App that does not support Smart Folders / Tags - how to access Tags/Smart Folders via Terminal or elsewhere?

I am attempting to start organising my .WAV/.AIFF samples by using Tags. Unfortunately the app I want to use them in, does not support Tags. I'd like to spend a few days setting up my 100gb+ sample ...
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Why are regular Folders in Smart Folders not showing up in Open File dialogs?

I'd like to create Smart Folders in the Finder favorite bars that I can access from different applications. Those Smart Folders will mostly contain regular folders of current projects I'm working on. ...
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Smart mailbox for unread messages in Mail.app

Problem I've created a smart mailbox in macOS Mail for "Unread" messages with the following rules: Contains messages that match all of the following conditions: Message is in the mailbox: ...
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Folder Action for automatic file name cleanup

I want to build a folder action that cleans up the filenames of my downloaded files. For example Youtube_MyVideofile_(1080p_30fps_H264-128kbit_AAC).mp4 should be stripped by "Youtube" "30fps" "...
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Syncing FInder smart folder with images to iPhone

I created a smart folder using Finder containing images that I would like to sync to my iPhone. When I opened iTunes and tried to select that folder to sync images into my iPhone, the folder was grey ...
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How do I use a Saved Search as a Desktop Background Folder?

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 ...
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Can automator's Filter Finder Items process music based on length?

I want to make an automator workflow to find certain audio files in a folder, but I want it to look at the duration of those files. I'm looking for quite short audio samples of under 2 seconds. It ...
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Are true dynamic folders (NOT a “Smart Folder” SavedSearch) possible?

I'm using an application that loads the contents of a folder of audio samples for my use. The samples I want to use however, are scattered amongst many folders on my machine, and I don't want to copy ...
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Change directory last opened date every time you `cd` in Terminal

I use a Recent Smart folder, that depends on last opened date of the folder. It works fine when you browsing the Finder, but it doesn't register change when I use cd command in a Terminal. Is there a ...
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Smart folder: How to exclude all files and directories inside a folder with specific name

I create a Smart folder to show all the files created today, but I want to exclude all the files inside any folders with a specific name. Example: - foobar - - subfolder - - - file1.doc - - - file2....
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Create a Smart Folder based on an EXIF keyword?

How can I create a Finder Smart Folder based on an EXIF keyword? I confirm that the EXIF keyword exists using exiftool. For example, I added the keyword "Mango" to an image and created the Smart ...
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How to add an existing smart folder to the sidebar

I previously used the option to add a smart folder to the sidebar on its creation. I've only done this in macOS Sierra, having never tried it in a previous OS version. Not wanting the folder to be ...
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New Smart Folder keyboard shortcut doesn't work

For some reason the keyboard shortcut for New Smart Folder doesn't work for me in Finder and I can't figure out why. I have quit every program I use that can modify shortcuts - Alfred2, ...
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Search for folders that contain filetypes

For example, how do you search for all folders that contain ".mp3" files (on OS X)?
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Creating Smart Folders (perhaps programmatically) based on photo IPTC metadata?

I have thousands of photos with IPTC metadata -- I'm mostly interested in the star-ratings and the tags -- and I'd like to create folders for those images that automatically stay in sync as I change ...
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Project based Finder window presets

Does anyone know of software that would allow me to pull up a set of finder windows based on a project type. I'm a user experience manager who's constantly switching between projects and it would be ...
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Keyboard shortcut for Smart Folder

Would you help me to find a way how to assign a keyboard shortcut to a Smart Folder in OS X? That is, when I'm in Finder I'd like to open a given Smart Folder with the shortcut like I can do it with e....
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Search result -> filename instead of name (For smart folders)

Can anybody help me out. I want to create a smartfolder with all my mp3's. I renamed all my mp3's to correct full name. For example: Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight.mp3 When I create a smart ...
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Use smart folder as Finders default folder

Does anybody know how to setup a smart folder as Finders default folder? If I try to select the smart folder in Finder settings, the "choose" button is deactivated like the screenshot shows:
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Combine Two Folders with Smart Folder

Okay, so one thing I've wanted to be able to do for ages now in OS X is to create or view a combined Applications folder that displays the contents of both /Applications and ~/Applications (assume it ...
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How to find empty folders using smart folder

I need to find all empty folders using smart folder. Is there a way to do so?
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Smart Mailbox is suddenly empty

I created a Smart Mailbox this morning. I programmed it to hold all mail relating to my property purchase. This was successful. i checked it several times and it was full of all the relevant mail. ...
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How to create a smart folder for files created in the last 5 minutes

I have a camera setup were the camera automatically takes pictures every x seconds and these images are saved in a directory called 'Images'. Now I want to create a smart folder that looks in 'Images' ...
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Smart folder filter “does not contain”

Smart Folder Exclude Folder Ultimately I want the result of this find command to be a smart folder. The criteria aren't that complicated: name should be "README.md" type should be file path should ...
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Add and remove multiple tags at once from a file or a folder

Using OS X Mavericks I want to add multiple tags at once to a file or a folder and I also want to remove multiple tags at once. There are different ways to add tags to a file, one of them would be to ...
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Smart Folder not picking up images in subfolders

Until recently I used this excellent tip, to create a (smart) folder on my mac showing all the screenshots that I have taken with my iPhone (via the iPhoto directory system and photostream). This was ...
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in iPhoto, how to locate photos NOT in a particular photo stream?

I've noticed that if I add the same photo to a photo stream more than once, iPhoto is apparently not smart enough to recognize that it's a duplicate, and instead goes ahead and adds the photo a second ...
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How to list all untagged files in Mavericks Finder?

I'm trying to start using Mavericks tagging system, even though it has its bugs… I'm also evaluating Yep to better organize my docs, but maybe I can do without, if I can find how to display all the ...
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Create Smart Folder which only shows files of Macintosh HD

I have created a smart folder which shows me all files greater than 200 MB. My problem is that this folder should only shows me files on the Macintosh HD. But when I connect my external disks it shows ...
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Aperture: Import content of smart folder

Is there any way to import the content of Smart Folder into Aperture library? Or may be choose any criteria during importing, like file kind, date etc. BTW: Can I see a size of all checked files? ...
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Size of Smart Folder

May be I miss something obvious but could you please give a hint how to check the size of all content of Smart Folder?
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How can I automaticly move every file on desktop to specific folder based on extension?

I'm looking for something, probably some kind of action script, that will at any time move everything that's on my desktop directly to a specific folder on my desktop, based on the extension. Just to ...
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How do a create an iPhoto Smart Album of ANY of the names X, Y or Z but only for the year 2013

I'm trying to create a smart album that has "face is" with each member of my family the date range is a given year. In other words I'm trying to create a "yearly" smart album of just my immediate ...
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Smart Mailbox Folder not displaying mail

I've got two smart mailboxes named NEW eric@ and NEW ericgorr@ which contain only new message for corresponding email accounts. I have placed these two smart mailboxes into a smart mailbox folder ...
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Smart Folder: how to create listing of all files in a folder?

I want to create a Smart Folder which just lists all files of my ~/Music directory - i.e. just a flattened version of that folder. How can I do this? (I tried to type * in the search field, but that ...
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Smart Folders: What is the difference between “This Mac” and “All My Files”?

What is the difference between "This Mac" and "All My Files"?
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Smart mailbox for senders who are not members of a group

I want to set up a smart mailbox in Mail that contains messages from any sender who is not a member of a particular group in my address book. There's an option in the smart mailbox rules for "sender ...
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messages disappeared from some mailboxes and smart mailboxes following removal of an account from Mail

I upgraded to Mountain Lion recently. My email changed as well. I used to have my 40K emails in different mailboxes and now I realize that the new way to do so is with 'smart mailboxes' (I actually ...
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How to make Smart folder like physical folder with the combined contents of two folders

I have an application which looks for its data (*.txt) files in a folder. I have two folders containing text data that I need to keep separate, but it would be useful to have the application see the ...
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Copy contents of a smart folder to a new folder in Mountain Lion

I admit that my music collection is a royal mess. This is the result of merging many sources of music (external drive, old iPod sync, iTunes purchases, etc) into my iTunes account. iTunes Match has ...
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Smart Folder containing AACs that aren't Apple Lossless

My iTunes library has well over 25,000 tracks in it, and so I have to use this workaround in order to use iTunes Match. sigh Fine. So I've created the dummy library, and now I have to populate it with ...
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How to get (Mountain Lion?) Finder to display ALL files?

I'm trying to display ALL files, and it doesn't work as I would expect. What am I doing wrong?! Thanks for the help... Open a Finder window Select your 'home' - click on your username Select File > ...
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Smart “Applications” folder

How to create a "smart" Applications folder that unifies the content of other three folders? In my machine I have three versions of OS X installed (for testing purposes) in different partitions, each ...
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Turn off Smart Folders display “.savedSearch” extension in Finder sidebar

I held off upgrading my Mac Pro from Snow Leopard to Lion until I had replaced all the important apps that would no longer run. So far it's OK, but one thing has me baffled is that my Smart Searches ...
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What determines the search attributes available when creating a smart folder?

In other words, if I go to Smart Folder > Other... there's a list of search attributes that varies by system, but where do they come from?
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Is it possible to display a Smart Folder as a stack in the Dock?

I'd like to have my recent files at hand from my dock, preferably via a 'stack'. I have already created a Smart Folder containing all my files that have been opened in the last 3 days and added it to ...
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What does “More…” mean in the Finder's “All my Files” view?

In the Finder's view "All My Files", I can see a button "More…"... what does this button mean? Why is it there in the first place? Edit: The button is not always there. If I click on it, the message "...