MacOS has a number of very handy features you might not know about. One such feature is called Smart Folders. You create these folders and configure exactly what you want to be housed in them, and MacOS will continuously update the folder as files are created or saved that match the criteria.
Let me explain by way of an example. Say, for instance, you create and save a lot of documents with different applications and you want a folder that makes it easy for you to quickly access those documents.
Instead of you having to manually save those documents in a specific location, smart folders will automatically categorize and display those files.
You can even get more specific with smart folders. Say, for instance, you regularly create, save, or open documents that contain the word Recipe. You could create a smart folder specifically for that. Open the folder and you’ll see all your documents that contain the word Recipe. That’s pretty handy.
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You can create smart folders based on:
- Last opened date
- Last modified date
- Created date
- Author email address
- Color profile
- Contact keywords
- File size
- Full Name
- And much more
The list of attributes you can use for a Smart Folder is quite lengthy, which means you can get very creative and specific with what you create. Once created, the contents of the folder will be continuously and automatically updated.
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Let me show you how to create a new Smart Folder.
The only thing you’ll need for this is a MacOS device. I’ll demonstrate on a MacBook Pro running MacOS Ventura. That’s it, let’s get smart.
Creating your first Smart Folder
And that’s all there is to creating a MacOS Smart Folder. If you want quick access to files that fall under specific criteria that are saved across your folders, this is the best way to make that happen.