Complete Guide : How to Use Smart Folders on a Mac?

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Are you a Mac user or looking to buy a Mac soon?

If so, you should consider the benefits of using smart folders on your Mac. Smart folders are folders that store your files based on certain specifications. They’re the best way to organize your files on your Mac. But how do you use smart folders on your Mac? What are the added benefits of using smart folders?

Here’s what you need to know:

Create a Smart Folder

To create a smart folder you must first open the Finder. Click on File and then navigate to New Smart Folder. Older Macs will let you create a smart folder using Command + Option + N.

Once the smart folder gets created you’ll get prompted to enter search criteria. You’ll see a sign where you can add more search criteria.

The search criteria that you enter helps you establish the rules for what type of files should get stored in the smart folders. You can then save the smart folder to hold these files. You might find a few duplicate files and you can read from this link to see how to find such files.

Modify Smart Folders

So how do you go about modifying smart folders once you’ve created them?

You have to select the smart folder in the Finder. Then, you have to click on the gear icon within the Finder. You then select Show Search Criteria at the bottom of the drop-down list.

You’ll then have the option to modify the smart folder to your liking. You can also use this as an opportunity to add unique modifiers to your smart folder. You can choose an attribute and then type the search criteria for that attribute.

For example, here are some attributes along with popular search criteria that you can add to your smart folder:

  • Album: From the past 6 months
  • Attachment Types: Contains PNG, JPG, and GIF files
  • Audio Bit Rate: 144 kHz
  • Movies: File size between 2 GB to 3 GB

You have many modification options for smart folders. This is a great way to organize your files and find files that are “lost.”

As your Mac accumulates more files, this is a great way to find your files through simple organization.

Deleting Smart Folders

To delete a smart folder, all you have to do is highlight it and move it to the Trash. However, you want to consider moving the files to a regular folder before deleting the smart folder.

This is a great way to organize your files without needing to always depend on a smart folder.

That’s How to Use Smart Folders

Follow the steps in this guide and you’ll soon see the amazing benefits of smart folders.

You can easily create a smart folder and use it to organize your files without hassle. It’s the fastest way to gather your files as they accumulate on your Mac.

It’s simple to modify your smart folder and you’ve got several attributes to choose from. Deleting the smart folders is also simple and useful for when you no longer need to organize your files.

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