Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Searching, part of iTunes 10 Essential Training.
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Another way of locating songs that you will definitely find increasingly useful as your iTunes library grows is the Search Field. You are probably already familiar with the search field from other applications and the one in iTunes works pretty much the same way. Just type the word or phrase you are looking for, whether it's an artist name or partial album title, and as you type, iTunes will begin listing the items that match your criteria. For instance, I'll type the word time and you can see that iTunes has brought up these 12 songs, and as I continue to type, it continues to narrow down the results. Now the most important thing to keep in mind when you're searching is that you have to know whether you're searching for music, a movie, an audio book and so on.
Meaning that you have to select something in your source pane to search, whether it's a library item or a playlist. Unfortunately you can't perform a global search across every single item you have in iTunes, so you have to at least know what type of file you're looking for. So if you want to search music, select music. If you want to search through your movies, select movies and so on. Now you can narrow down what you're looking for. Notice that searching for "time of" displays two songs with the actual phrase time o in the song title. We have "Time Of Your Life" right here, and "In My Time of Need." We also have one song that has the word Time in it, and the word Of in the artist name.
I'll click the magnifying glass in the search field and I can specify the search for my word or phrase in only the artist name, the album name, composer or song. I'll search for song and you can see that it narrows down my search to just the two songs with "time of" in the song title. And that's about it for the search field. If you're a fast typer, the search field can be a quick way to find a song and you can get your cursor into the search field right away by pressing Option+Command+F for find on the Mac, or Ctrl+Windows key+F on Windows. That way you don't have to grab your mouse to click in that field every time you want to do a search.
Just use the keyboard shortcut, type the name or words you're looking for, and you should be able to find it in just a few seconds.
- Using the playback controls
- Setting preferences
- Understanding audio and video file formats
- Importing from a CD
- Managing multiple libraries
- Building playlists and smart playlists
- Creating playlists automatically with Genius
- Shuffling and repeating songs
- Burning discs to share
- Shopping at the iTunes Store
- Managing an iPod