Stop looking, start finding.
Spotlight is the lightning-fast search technology built into Mac OS X that makes it easy to find what youre looking for, even if you dont know where to look. Conveniently available in the Mac OS X menu bar, the Spotlight search field gives you instant results as you start typing, encompassing not only files, folders, and documents but also messages in Mail, contacts in Address Book, iCal calendars, items in System Preferences, applications, and even dictionary definitions. Spotlight searches arent confined to your computer — you can also search other computers on the network.
Searching with smarts.
When you search with Spotlight, youre actually accessing a comprehensive, constantly updated index that sees all the metadata inside supported files — the “what, when, and who” of every piece of information saved on your Mac — including the kind of content, the author, edit history, format, size, and many more details. Most document types, including Microsoft Word documents, Adobe Photoshop images, and email, already contain rich metadata. And because Spotlight indexes content as well, your search results include what appears inside a file or document, not just its title. When you click the document, you are immediately taken to that spot in the document with the search terms highlighted.
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Thanks to the speed and flexibility of Spotlight, youll discover countless new ways to organize your files. You can save the results of a search as a Smart Folder that automatically updates as you add, change, or remove documents on your Mac. Smart Folders contain files grouped together based on search criteria instead of physical location, so the same file can appear in multiple Smart Folders without moving from its original saved location on your system. No need to duplicate, shift, or update files: Spotlight Smart Folders keep everything organized for you.