Forum Question: 2 problems with Smart Folders


I’m having 2 hiccups with creating smart folders:
1. I want a smart folder of all movie files, but not wmvs and couple of other formats…the selection criteria don’t allow for exclusion, only inclusion. So the folder lists all I want + too may extras…can I filter these out?
2. The same smart folder when dragged to dock…opens as a folder, not a stack like normal folders that are in the dock…can I make it like a stack?

— Ankur

Comments: 5 Responses to “2 problems with Smart Folders”

    8/6/10 @ 7:43 am

    You definitely can add exclusions to Smart Folders — you just have to know the trick. After adding the first criteria (Kind is Image) then hold the Option key down and the + button changes to a … button. Click it and you get “Any/All/None of the following are true” as a qualifier for the next condition. You’ll see. Of course, “None” is the one you want to choose, and then add “extension is wmv” or another way to determine if the file is something you don’t want in the results.
    As far as I know, there is no way to get a Smart Folder to act like a Stack in the Dock.

      8/9/10 @ 10:10 am

      This is good information to know!

    8/6/10 @ 10:54 pm

    I tried your method, what’s happening when I choose ‘kind is movie’, all movie files get listed, but when I option click ”…’ and choose None of the following is true, file extension is wmv, all entires disappear.

    I know I’m making some silly mistake somewhere but just can’t figure it out…sorry Gary!:-)

      8/7/10 @ 7:26 am

      That sounds right. But it is in the details. Look at your conditions carefully and check each line.

      7/9/11 @ 12:52 pm

      Sounds like all your files are wmv files, but some have the extension displayed, while others do not. Use File > Get_Info to see if the extension is simply hidden on the other files. Smart Folders don’t care if information is hidden, hence these files will be removed.

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