3> Find files using natural language
Rather than using arcane syntax to restrict the kinds of files that Spotlight returns, the Mac’s built-in search engine is now smart enough to infer some meaning from what you enter. It can make sense of phrases like ‘photos from last week’ or ‘messages to Kate’.
You can also express yourself this way in Mail. However, Apple only states that you can use natural language there and for file searches in Spotlight; you might find that you can use specific phrases in other contexts (see next step), but we’ve found that Spotlight isn’t quite intelligent enough to recognise simple variations.