Quick Tip: Locate All MindNode Documents on Your Mac

Search for all MindNode document on your Mac

Sometimes users contact us because they have been using MindNode for such a long time that they really can't say anymore where a certain mind map has been saved to. "Where is that one mind map I made for Paul's birthday party?" As time passes these small mind maps accumulate… and maybe you are wondering just how many mind maps you ever created with MindNode? Well, then this tip is for you.

On OS X it is really easy to find all documents of one type using Spotlight. You can either use the Spotlight menu in the top right corner of your main menu or create a new Spotlight search. I'm going to explain the Spotlight search method first, because it is more versatile and the search can be saved as a Smart Folder.

  • Open a new Finder window.
  • Click the search field and type "mindnode".
  • Below it a popup appears that says "Kinds: MindNode document".
  • Click it and a token will get inserted.
  • The search can be expanded to "Your Mac", this will search the entire Mac and attached drives, or narrowed down to the current folder only.
  • You can change how items are sorted by clicking the item arrangement menu. This is the one that has some lines and a couple of rectangles on it. It's left of the Share button.

There's a lot more that you can do now. You can save this Smart Folder so that you can just double-click it at a later point and have it automatically retrieve all items again. You can add more search terms. If you want to also search for all MindNode documents that contain "Paul", just type "paul" into the search field. Note that all keywords entered will be searched for. So "all MindNode document" and "all documents containing 'paul'". Advanced users can use Boolean operators to search even more flexibly.

To modify one of the search tokens, double click it, and the text will become editable again.

Alternatively you can also search directly from the menubar. The trick is to prepend the little word "kind" followed by a colon, to "mindnode".

  • Click the Spotlight menubar icon.
  • Type in "kind:mindnode".
  • To view all files in a new Finder window click "Show All in Finder".


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