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Actually, you can search within one folder with Spotlight. Just open that particular folder in Finder, then type a search term in the search field in the folder (upper right corner). When the bar for selecting search limits appears (right above the contents of the folder), select the name of the current folder rather than "This Mac."

Elena


On 2010-12-02, at 6:05 AM, Luuk Sengers wrote:

> In my opinion, Spotlight for Mac OS is not entirely up to the task of searching in the cables. 
> 
> Say: you saved all the cables in one folder on your hard disk. Spotlight does not allow you to target your query to this sole folder. Instead it mixes the results with non-related documents on your hard disk that just happen to contain the same search words. Messy!
> 
> Here is what you can do: 
> -	Treat yourself to an early little X-mas present and download Foxtrot Professional Search (http://www.ctmdev.com/foxtrot/professional_search);
> -	Allow Foxtrot a few minutes to index your hard disk (only the first time when you start up);
> -	Type in the search bar the key words you are looking for in the cables;
> -	The menu bar on the left now allows you to filter the shown results “by location”: click on the folder that contains the cables. 
> 
> Now you get a neat list of the cables (titles and dates) on top, and a preview of the selected cable below it! The preview even illuminates the search words in the document, so that you can assess the content very quickly, before moving on to the next cable! All without actually opening the documents (cables)! Faster than fast! This Spotlight can not do!
> 
> Hope this is helpful!
> 
> Luuk
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