Find Copies of a Specific File

You can use HoudahSpot to find out whether a specific file on your Mac has identical twins somewhere in your file system.

This comes in handy if you want to make sure you have a backup copy before you start working on a file. Or you may want to check if a specific file – e.g. in your Dropbox folder – is a copy and not the original before you delete it.

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File Search: Exclude Folders by Drag & Drop

What can you do if your file search produces too many results? You’ll need to narrow down your search, and one way to do this is by specifying or excluding search locations. This refocuses the search on certain folders and excludes others.

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Our Favorite HoudahSpot Tips & Tricks

HoudahSpot‘s core feature is to give quick access to the files you need. But there are many paths that lead to the same goal. And there are many more tasks you can get done using HoudahSpot than just finding files.

Discover new or more efficient ways to let this Mac search tool work for you – here are some of our favorite tips and tricks for HoudahSpot 4. Continue reading Our Favorite HoudahSpot Tips & Tricks

Select App to Launch When Connecting a Camera

Connecting a camera, a memory card, or your iPhone to your Mac usually triggers the launch of a photography related application like iPhoto, Apple Photos, Aperture, or Lightroom.

If you want to change this behavior, do the following: Continue reading Select App to Launch When Connecting a Camera

Change Default Application for File Type

Within HoudahSpot and Tembo, you can open files directly from the search results list. Just double click or select “Open” from the context menu, and the file selected will open in the default application for its file type.

In OS X, you can change the default application for a certain file type by following these steps: Continue reading Change Default Application for File Type

Increase or Decrease Font Sizes in HoudahSpot

When searching for files, you sometimes want to zoom in (= increase font size) to see the details. In other cases, you want to zoom out (= decrease font size) to get the big picture.

HoudahSpot allows you to adjust the font sizes of

  • the Results pane (in list view mode)
  • the Text Preview in either the Details pane or in a separate window (Window > Text Preview).

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Keeping Geotags When Dragging Images From Apple Photos

If you’re dragging geotagged images from Apple’s Photos application, there’s a setting you need to enable if you wish to share your photos’ locations. Otherwise, your pictures’ geoinformation will be stripped from the files. Continue reading Keeping Geotags When Dragging Images From Apple Photos