Using Smart Folders for a specific location.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by reubs, May 11, 2008.

  1. reubs macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2006
    I have a certain folder where all downloads go to, and I'd like to direct the contents of that specific folder to designated smart folders.

    Can anyone tell me the easiest way to make this happen?

    Thanks much.
  2. reubs thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2006
    I hate to bump this, but does anyone even know a really good tutorial for how this could be done? Even a decent lead would be appreciated. I just can't figure out how to specify which folder I want to have the Smart Folders made up of.
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Umm... Smart Folders aren't true folders, in the sense that they contain documents. Smart Folders only contain Spotlight search results. Therefore, you can't direct data to a smart folder. You CAN, however, set up a Smart Folder that shows only certain file types in that downloads folder - for example, you download a lot of stuff, and want to filter your downloads by file type. Smart Folders are ideal for this purpose.
  4. G4R2 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2006
    You can also attach an action to a regular folder so that a script is executed whenever something is dropped in it. It's easy to do using Automator. You can create an Automator script to sort files a certain way, color code them, and move them to particular folders.
  5. reubs thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2006
    Yeah, I know they aren't true folders, and that might be why my post was a bit confusing. However, this is exactly what I want to do. I want to set up the search to locate all files in the "Downloads" folder and then sift through them. Ideally that would make it so that I don't always have to find a place to download items. The Smart Folders will hold specific contents of my downloads folders.

    I'll play around with Automator to see if there's anything that will do what I want, and that might be my only option.

    I guess I just assumed that Smart Folders would easily let me highlight all of the contents of a specific folder structure. TO this point, though, I haven't found an easy way to do that. I could just not be grasping the ease of the concept, though.
  6. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    You might find Hazel useful to set tags or anything else on files entering your Downloads folder.
  7. reubs thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2006
    I think I found my answer.

    Basically, I have to navigate to the folder I want to "Smarten" and hid cmd+f. That will let me highlight the folders I want for specific searches. It's kind of convoluted, and I wish there was an easier solution. I think it's going to do the trick, though.

    BTW, Hazel would probably be easier and quicker, but I'm still a cheapskate in terms of buying software. I prefer the open-source, freeware market. Thanks, though, for the suggestion! I'll certainly keep that in mind for the future!

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