Can I exclude folder(s) in finder?
I just made the move to Mac after over 20 years on a PC so I'm pretty green. Here is my problem. I installed Printmaster 2.0 on my Mac and this program has over 80,000 images. Now if I look for an image or try to attach a file in an email program, Finder tries to sort through all of these images which takes forever Is there any way to exclude the Printmaster folder from Finder's sorting? Otherwise, my only option is to uninstall Printmaster.
Thanks for any help.
I think one of your problems is that you are using Apple's default "smart folder" search in the Sidebar, which is godawful. It does indeed define pretty much everything that can be stored as a file a document. Don't use it. Rather than trying to "tell Finder to NOT look in a particular folder"--just tell it to look in the folder you want to access. You do that by NOT using the "smart folders" (AKA "saved searches"). Instead put the folders you actually are using for your files into the "Places" section of the Sidebar, and stop using the saved searches until you get up to speed enough to create your own searches that do exactly what you want to.
I strongly suggest you get a book about using Snow Leopard. Some of the best Mac books are in the Missing Manual series:
David Pogue is an excellent writer.