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    Finding multiple files at once
    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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    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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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

    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by erickp View Post
    Is it possible to search multiple files at once?
    Not that I am aware of. I tested the few ideas I had... no luck.

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by trendaway View Post
    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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    Search multiple files on easyfind
    I've accidentally came across the solution for searching multiple files on EasyFind. I had a list of file names to search in excel, copy the list (example A1 to A30) then paste into EasyFind search field thats it, no need for any wildcards or boolean. Hope that helps.

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