Find stuff with Mac Finder

How to Find Stuff with Mac Finder?

Your Mac Finder window makes it very easy to find things as it is basically the route to access all your stored Mac goodies – files, applications, images, downloads, music, movie, external devices etc. As your Mac Finders search box is connected to Apples Spotlight technology, it makes finding things on your make very easy and super fast.

The Spotlight technology will scour the entire disk volume you select, looking for a match to your keyword i.e. ‘Bath’.  The disk volume you select maybe a certain file such as ‘Documents’ or ‘Downloads’, a place such as ‘Desktop’ or if you are really not sure where you stored away the missing file you could even search ‘All My Files’. That is what I usually end up doing (memory like a sieve).

 

How to Find Stuff with Mac Finder  Step-By -Step

1.) To kick start your virtual search party, just type your keyword into the search box on the top right side of your Finder window. For example – ‘Bath’. As you type you may notice closely related search suggestions popping up below the search field.

2.) Spotlight will then quickly display any results it has tracked down in the your Finder window.

Find stuff with Mac Finder

3.) You can help narrow down the search and try to limit and pinpoint the number of results by choosing where you would like Spotlight to look. To do this just click on any of the areas listed underneath your ‘Favourites’ column where you suspect your file is lurking. For example Desktop, documents. Or if you really don’t have a clue just go for it and search ‘All My Files.’

4.) Spotlight will automatically scour the location you select and usefully organise the search results by file kind.

5.) Once you have spotted the item you are looking for just click on it with your cursor and the it will open up.

 

How to Search for a Specific File Type on Mac Finder?

If you have completely forgotten the name of a file but can remember the file type for example –  .doc, .jpeg, .png, .pdf, .psd etc  you are in luck. The spotlight functions in your Mac Finder can search file extensions as well.

seach extensions on Mac

 1.) Select a search area (i.e. desktop) and then type in the extension into the search box – ‘.JPEG’

2.) Immediately you will be presented with a list of matching results. You could even click on the ‘The Mac’ in your Mac Finders toolbar to locate all the JPEGs on your entire hard disk.

 

Did You Know – Spotlight  will display these search results as mini thumbnails, small versions of your JPEG images. You can alter how you see your results by picking the different box options located at the left side of your Finder Windows toolbar.

how to change Mac search display

Spotlight can rummage deep and will not only just show pictures ending in .jpeg, but will also list other things that match your criteria. For example if you have a written document that mentions the word ”.jpeg” it will also display this as a result.

Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker

Chef Author at MacNerdy.com
Hi I'm Sophie, Chef Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly 🙂
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Hi I'm Sophie, Chef Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly :)