It’s not a secret to anyone that Mac OS X has a wonderful feature – Spotlight – which greatly helps to simplify your daily life by providing surprisingly fast search facility. It helps to find almost anything in your Mac without diving deeply into the folders hierarchy. Yeah, everyone knows about it, but what was really exciting for me to discover is a way you can tell it what kind of stuff you are looking for.
Here’s the excerpt from the original article on Surf-Bits, ”Teach Spotlight to Search Your Way”.
If you know that you are looking for specific types of information, you can specify that in your search phrase by adding the text “kind:<type of information> after your search. For example, to find all of the PDF documents related to Yosemite, type “Yosemite kind:PDF” in to Spotlight. This example uses the kind type but Apple provides a fairly comprehensive list of kind types for your use. (see below). Trust me, once you’ve started using the kind keywords, Spotlight becomes far more useful than it was out of the box.
Applications kind:application, kind:applications, kind:app Contacts kind:contact, kind:contacts Folders kind:folder, kind:folders kind:email, kind:emails, kind:mail message, kind:mail messages iCal Events kind:event, kind:events iCal To Dos kind:todo, kind:todos, kind:to do, kind:to dos Images kind:image, kind:images Movies kind:movie, kind:movies Music kind:music Audio kind:audio kind:pdf, kind:pdfs Preferences kind:system preferences, kind:preferences Bookmarks kind:bookmark, kind:bookmarks Fonts kind:font, kind:fonts Presentations kind:presentations, kind:presentation