It’s not a secret to anyone that Mac OS X has a wonderful feature — Spotlight — which greatly helps to simplify your daily life by providing surprisingly fast search facility. It helps to find almost anything in your Mac without diving deeply into the folders hierarchy. Yeah, everyone knows about it, but what was really exciting for me to discover is a way you can tell it what kind of stuff you are looking for.

Here’s the excerpt from the original article on Surf-Bits, “Teach Spotlight to Search Your Way“.

If you know that you are looking for specific types of information, you can specify that in your search phrase by adding the text “kind: after your search. For example, to find all of the PDF documents related to Yosemite, type “Yosemite kind:PDF” in to Spotlight. This example uses the kind type but Apple provides a fairly comprehensive list of kind types for your use. (see below). Trust me, once you’ve started using the kind keywords, Spotlight becomes far more useful than it was out of the box.

Applications    kind:application, kind:applications, kind:app
Contacts        kind:contact, kind:contacts
Folders         kind:folder, kind:folders
Email           kind:email, kind:emails, kind:mail message, kind:mail messages
iCal Events     kind:event, kind:events
iCal To Dos     kind:todo, kind:todos, kind:to do, kind:to dos
Images          kind:image, kind:images
Movies          kind:movie, kind:movies
Music           kind:music
Audio           kind:audio
PDF             kind:pdf, kind:pdfs
Preferences     kind:system preferences, kind:preferences
Bookmarks       kind:bookmark, kind:bookmarks
Fonts           kind:font, kind:fonts
Presentations   kind:presentations, kind:presentation

Thanks Jeff!