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Chapter 2. Windows and Icons > Finding Files 2: The Find Command

2.14. Finding Files 2: The Find Command

Mac OS X's File → Find command (-F) opens the Search window shown in Figure 2-27. It's a lot more powerful (and complex) than the basic Spotlight menu, because it can hunt down icons using extremely specific criteria. If you spent enough time setting up the search, you could use this feature to find a document whose name begins with the letters Cro, is over one megabyte in size, was created after August 24 but before the end of the year, was changed within the last week, has the file name suffix .doc, and contains the phrase "attitude adjustment." (Of course, if you knew that much about a file, you'd probably know where it is, too, without having to use the Search window. But you get the picture.)

Figure 2-27. The first time you use it, the new Search dialog box opens up ready to search your entire hard drive (except other people's Home folders), regardless of file type. But don't settle—Spotlight has many more tricks up its software sleeve.



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