search operators

Laser-Focus Your Spotlight Queries

Laser-Focus Your Spotlight Queries

When you just can’t seem to hunt down that file you know you’ve got stowed away somewhere on your Mac, it’s time to break out the Spotlight big guns—advanced search operators, that is. Macworld runs down advanced Spotlight operators which will be familiar to power Google searchers. Here’s a sampling:…

Refine Your Search Terms with SortFix

Refine Your Search Terms with SortFix

Search operators, used to drill down on search engine results, can help you get to exactly what you’re looking for, but only if you know what to exclude or home in on. Search engine front-end SortFix takes a graphical approach to including and excluding phrases and terms from standard searchs….

Search Gmail by Language

Search Gmail by Language

An undocumented Gmail search operator, language: (or simply lang:), finds messages by the language they’re written in. Give it a try in your inbox: lang:Portuguese and lang:Arabic both turn up several messages in the Lifehacker tips box. Sadly -lang:English doesn’t seem to work, which would be perfect to create a…