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Use Spotlight in Open and Save Dialogs > Search in an Open or Save Dialog

Search in an Open or Save Dialog

Open and Save dialogs offer almost everything a Finder window does in the way of search capabilities, including attribute keywords, Boolean operators, and criteria bars (although if you’re really lost, you might want to switch to the Finder after all). If you’ve read through all the earlier information about searching in the Finder, you already know what you can do in Open/Save; you just need a little nudging.

Here are some tips for starting a search, and for customizing your dialogs so they work better for you (whether or not you’re searching):

Activate the search field: With an Open or Save dialog open, press Command-F or Tab. Subsequent presses of Tab cycles from the search field to the sidebar to the the list, and then back to the search field.


  

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