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If I have a long list of file names entered in one text file, along the left edge like this:

13445.mov
13566.mov
13768.mov
13790.mov
etc.

How would I search for all of these files at the same time? Is it possible in Spotlight? Surely there's a better way than searching one at a time... the reason I'm doing this is I have the files in many different folders and need to separate this particular set of filenames out from all the various locations.
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You need to use a different search tool. The best one, hands down, is EasyFind. And it's free!
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can't you search for ".mov"?
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If I search for .mov, that would give me many more results than the list that I have...
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Easy Find worked great, and thank you for the recommendation!
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It doesn't seem that Spotlight accepts * as a "wildcard" they way DOS did.
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Is it possible to search multiple files at once? For example, I have a list of 6 files that I need to search for in a specific folder. Is there a way to just copy the files names from the spreadsheet and copy them into "EasyFind" and search for all them in one shot? I know it's a similar issue as above but I can't seem to figure out how to accomplish this in "EasyFind". I also looked into "TotalFinder" by BinaryAge but can't get a clear answer. Any help is appreciated.

Example:

product_01.jpg
product_23.jpg
product_24.jpg
product_46.jpg
product_48.jpg
product_51.jpg

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Is it possible to search multiple files at once?
Not that I am aware of. I tested the few ideas I had... no luck.


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I figured this out. I can let you know what I did - let me know in a reply to the thread.
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I figured this out. I can let you know what I did - let me know in a reply to the thread.
Curious.
Who are you replying to?
Did you know that the post before yours is a year and a half old? (give or take)
If you figured something out, why not post your solution? Even in a revived thread like this, maybe someone will find it while searching.
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