OS X: How do you search for file types ONLY?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by brbubba, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. brbubba macrumors 6502

    brbubba

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    This is really really starting to annoy me. I open up spotlight and search ".rm" and specify "file name" as an option. It pops up one result, some .rmf file, yet I am sitting here staring at a .rm file on my system. What gives? I just want to see all .rm or .mp4 or .m4a, etc files on my hard drive. What is the simplest way to do that?

    It seems to be working somewhat with other file types, but I just checked my spotlight privacy settings and the folder that the .rm file is in is not listed there. Something is definitely awry.
     
  2. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    I use spotlight

    eg to find all jpg image files just enter ".jpg"
     
  3. karenflower macrumors 6502a

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    Click the 'Kind' pop-up box and choose 'File Extension' (you may have to click on 'Other...' first to enable it), and you can type your file extension in the box next to it.

    Also, you might want to make sure 'This Mac' is selected so that it searches the whole drive.
     
  4. Pirate 48 macrumors newbie

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    It can be easily done with system tools.

    1. You can easily search via Spot Light if you put a dot before filetype name.
    2. As well it is possible to use Finder and specify in search preferences "Kinds -> Disk Image" in case of .dmg files.
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  5. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    When Spotlight comes up with it's results, try double clicking on "Show All In Finder" at the bottom of the list.
     
  6. chown33 macrumors 604

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    Thread resurrected from 2008.
     
  7. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

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    Ahh...but not by me. :D

    Seven and a half years. Could be a new record.
     
  8. chown33 macrumors 604

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    Nah, I saw one resurrected from 2005 recently.
     
  9. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

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    I often wonder how the resurrectees come across these old topics.
     
  10. Pirate 48 macrumors newbie

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    Hey, it was on a first Google page if you search by a very narrow phrase :) I've found answers on other pages and decided to post the same here.
     

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