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Searching with Metadata

To find files marked with SpotMeta metadata, you could simply use the Spotlight search icon in the top right corner of the screen, just like any other Spotlight search. However, this can be a bit imprecise because Spotlight will search all the metadata it has for the text you enter, not just in the metadata keys you intend.

To find your files more precisely, use the the Finder. Either use the hotkey Command-F, or choose "Find..." from the File menu.

You will see the list of search criteria. Click on the name of the metadata key, which initially will be labeled "Kind". Then, choose your own metadata key.

Selecting a key when searching

If the key isn't listed, choose "Other" from the menu. A sheet will appear listing all the keys on the system. Use the search box to find the key you're after.

Change the comparison to the right of the metadata key name if you require, and type the value into the box. Your window might look like this:

Search results

You'll see your files appear below. You can also use the search box in the top right to search on text within all these files.

If you leave the window open and apply metadata to other files, you can watch them appear the instant you close the SpotMeta window.

Finally, if you click the "Save" button, you can save your search as a "Smart Folder". This allows you to make virtual folders which contain all files matching certain criteria. Use Smart Folders to get the most out of SpotMeta and Spotlight.




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SpotMeta is an Open Source project, licensed under the GPL.

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