One of the little frustrations in my everyday use of Leopard was the way it searched in folders. When in a Finder window, there was a handy-looking search box in the upper right-hand corner. I would place the cursor, type my query, and be annoyed by the fact that OS X searched my entire Mac.
Nooo. If I wanted to search the whole thing, I would have asked to search the whole thing.
Thank goodness Snow Leopard fixes this minor workflow speed bump. Now you can choose what you'd like to use as a default: Search This Mac or Search the Current Folder. You can even say "I'll have another" by choosing to Use the Previous Search Scope.
Unfortunately the default out-of-the-box action is still set to look everywhere on your Mac. But don't worry, it's easy to change.
- Make sure Finder is your active app (either click on the Finder icon in the dock, click the desktop or a visible Finder window, or cmd-Tab to switch to the Finder).
- Choose Preferences in the Finder menu. Or you can just use the Command-comma key combo to invoke Preferences.
- In Finder Preferences, click on the Advanced tab.
- Choose your desired search scope from the drop-down menu under the heading "When performing a search."
- Close the Preferences and enjoy a search or two.