Learning to use spotlight

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ee99ee, May 3, 2007.

  1. ee99ee macrumors 6502

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    So I switched to a mac last year, and I've really fallen in love with the way everything works. Things just "work," and it's great. I come from a strong UNIX background, so having that under the hood works best for me anyway.

    Anyway, I hadn't really ever used spotlight until around last month. Even more recently, I started using MailTags and slowing no longer using filers for mail in Mail.app.

    All my life I always had massive amounts of filters for my mail, and I had even more rules that would put specific types of mail in the right place. It worked great, but the amount of folders I have today is really over the top.

    I know some of you just put all of your mail in one folder and search on it instead of digging through folders. I've tried this approach, but I always walk away pissed off because I can't find anything. I try to remember a word that was used in the conversation, or type who it was from, or something specific that I wind up misspelling. Obviously spotlight can't read my mind, but it sure can come close.

    What tips do you guys have for finding my mail easier and faster? I don't know why, but I really like the idea of putting everything in one big pile then using spotlight to find what I'm looking for -- it's just hard to break old habits.

    -Chris
     
  2. yagran macrumors 6502a

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    just dont store all your emails!? if its old and youve read it...delete it :D
     
  3. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    I keep as little mail as possible. That's all I got for you. I don't understand people that save mail from 10 years ago.
     
  4. Nicolasdec macrumors 65816

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    why should we delete our e-mails, dose it make the mac slower?
     
  5. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    Not really slower but... I dunno. I just don't need them. I used to keep all my e-mails but after a while I decided why? I never read the old ones anyway.
     
  6. yagran macrumors 6502a

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    so on your phone..do you keep archives of all your texts? no. you read then delete (unless you keep it to remind u to do something later). why keep old email? it wont make anything slower as such theres just no point!
     
  7. ee99ee thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I keep email. I only have messages back to August of last year. Maybe I should clean house...

    -Chris
     
  8. Erendiox macrumors 6502a

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    Well personally, I organize my mail by mailbox and by boxes for commonly received mail. I have one account for personal emails, another for net registrations and net messages, and one that is a dedicated school account. I have folders with rules on them for things like facebook notifications, various forum notifications, jokes that I get daily, online orders from newegg and such. Each thing gets its own folder, and the rules filter down the tons of email that I get, rather nicely. I also archive my emails, so that email that is older than 3 months gets thrown into its own folder, separated by mailbox. This way, my inboxes don't get too bloated.

    Of course, when I can't find something (which is rare), spotlight is always there as a great backup. :)
     

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