After reading the threads about upcoming Spotlight features, I decided to figure out why Spotlight works so poorly for me and not for others, and I've finally nailed it. (Maybe you all knew this, but it's news to me): Case is very important for Spotlight. If you have a file called "happydays", you'll only find it if you search for the letters it starts with. I.e. "h", or "ha", or "hap" etc. However, if you call the file "happyDays", you can also find it by searching for "D", or "Da", or "Day". This is a major PITA for me, as I originally thought Spotlight would find any the text anywhere in the name. (Note to self: I wonder what happens if I name all my files UPPERCASE? ), and makes Spotlight fairly unusable (for me!), since I don't know the 'case' of my file names, I can't trust the results Spotlight gives back.