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Sherlock

When Sherlock was introduced in System 8.5, it signaled the beginning of Apple's integration of operating system functions with the Internet. Sherlock provides a universal Find feature that can search for files, text within files, and even Web sites. Some people might find it hard to get excited about a search tool, but it's difficult to understand the power of Sherlock until you try it. A friend of mine who recently moved to the Macintosh platform cites Sherlock as the feature that made her take the plunge. For anyone who needs instant access to information, no matter where it is stored, nothing comes close.

Sherlock Interface

Sherlock is not one tool, but three. Its most basic operation is as a file search utility. Type in a few characters from the filename you're looking for and let Sherlock go. In addition, Sherlock is a file indexer. When not actively searching, Sherlock compiles a database of the text contents of files on your drive. After the database is built, searching for a word or phrase takes a matter of seconds. Finally, Sherlock is an extensible Internet search tool that can perform Web searches on dozens of search engines simultaneously. Results are ranked and displayed with a summary of found pages. A single click launches the preferred Mac OS X Web browser to view the Web site.


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