Searching for files

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Toby

17 Apr, 2013 02:08 PM

Hi, I've just installed the Path Finder demo, but when searching for files it comes back with either nothing or just a couple of files. I've tried selecting different drives and then searching, which sometimes shows a few files, but only a tiny proportion of the files which contain the word. I'm pretty clued up with this kind of thing but can't figure it out. Is there a manual or something?

I have literally thousands of projects, with 8 hard drives connected, and would like to be able to locate individual files quickly (searching across all drives). The new lion finder/spotlight was operating differently to the leopard finder which is why I've looked elsewhere.

Thanks for any help,
Toby

  1. 1 Posted by Damazio on 18 Apr, 2013 02:39 PM

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    Hi Toby, are you using the Find window or the search field on the main window?

  2. 2 Posted by james.coffey on 18 Apr, 2013 07:34 PM

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    I have the same issue - type a file name next to magnifying glass in the upper left and nothing is found. What is the find Window or search field? The intuitive thing is teh window in the upper left but that doesn't work.

  3. 3 Posted by Damazio on 18 Apr, 2013 10:12 PM

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    OK guys, here are the methods explained.

    Search Bar

    Search Selection - search_selection.png

    • Select the desired folder or, alternatively, get into the desired folder and clear the selection with the ESC key.
    • Click on it or assign it a hotkey with the Search Field Menu plugin and enter the search term.

    Search Computer (all drives) - search_computer.png

    • Click on it or assign it a hotkey with the Search Field Menu plugin and enter the search term.

    Find Window

    Search Selection - find_selection.png

    • Get into the desired folder.
    • Hit Menu Window > Find Window or Command + F and enter the search term.

    Search Computer (all drives) - find_computer.png

    • Hit Menu Window > Find Window or Command + F and enter the search term.
  4. 4 Posted by Damazio on 18 Apr, 2013 10:24 PM

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    Edited with readability support (sorry for the rush post).

  5. 5 Posted by karl.soneson on 18 Apr, 2013 11:32 PM

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    Thank you. That is very useful information.
    Using various attempts by trial and error, I was unable to understand your design patterns.

  6. Damazio closed this discussion on 23 Apr, 2013 01:36 PM.

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