See Only Files Created Today Or Yesterday [OS X Tips]

See Only Files Created Today Or Yesterday [OS X Tips]

Wouldn’t it be useful to click a link in Finder that showed only files accessed or created today, yesterday, or within the last week? That would make it significantly easier to find files you’ve been working on but forgotten the location of.

Users of OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard already have this at their fingertips in the Finder sidebar, but Apple saw fit to remove it from OS X Lion, its latest release. Here’s how to restore it.

Here’s another tip from Mac Kung Fu, which contains over 300 tips, tricks, hints and hacks for OS X. It’s available from Amazon as well as other bookstores, and also as an ebook for all eReaders.

To make this a reality, open a Finder window and hit Shift + Command + G , then copy and paste the following into the dialog box that appears: /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources/CannedSearches. Then hold down Command, and click and drag the Today, Yesterday, and/or Past Week files to the sidebar within Finder. Clicking any in future will show just the files as discussed previously. The search results will be mixed in with any apps you accessed the previous day, but you can click the Kind header in Finder to sort them so that your documents are separated out.

Log out and back in again, and File Open/Save As dialog boxes within applications will also show the shortcuts.

  • m0rgan23

    Great tip! Thanks!

  • BMWTwisty

    Hmmm,  I followed the instructions but I couldn’t drag the individual search files to the sidebar – only the “Canned Searches” folder.  Am I missing something?

  • Rob Costain

    I can’t get it to work. I get a circle with a bar every time I try to drag the canned searches to the sidebar. I’ve tried different spots on the bar, but I can’t get it to work.

  • Manhattan Hillbilly

    Same problem here. Will let me drag into individual folders, but not onto the finder bar itself.

  • John Caradimas

    Same problem. Unless I am missing something, the canned searches can not be moved to the sidebar.

  • tbsingleton73

    I had the same issue. Instead I created and Alias of each and was able to drag the alias to the sidebar.

  • tbsingleton73

    I had the same issue. Instead I created and Alias of each and was able to drag the alias to the sidebar.

  • DiogoLG

    Guys… Hold Command and then drag to the sidebar o/

  • BMWTwisty

    Yup.  That did it.

  • KeirThomas

    Thanks. I’ve edited the posting to include this vital step :-)

  • KeirThomas

    Hold down Command before dragging the file across.

  • KeirThomas

    Hold down Command before dragging the file across. 

  • KeirThomas

    Hold down Command before dragging the file across. 

  • Henry Gates

    Hold command and drag one at a time.

  • Brad Hicks

    thanks for the tip!

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