Sometimes it happens that you worked productively, saved the document, exited the program and… forgot where you saved the important file. Maybe you downloaded a file from the web and it disappeared, or you worked on a document more than a month ago and just don’t remember where you put it. Regardless of how you lost the file, there are several effective tricks for finding it, and in this article we will tell you how to do it.
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If you want to quickly find a file, then, first of all, you need to use the built-in macOS search (more on Spotlight). You can call the Spotlight window from the menu bar on the right (magnifying glass icon) or by using a keyboard shortcut Command (⌘) + Space (sometimes CTRL + Space). The list of results will be compiled not only based on the data located on the Mac, but also from search queries on the Internet. All data will be displayed in the left side Spotlight menu, which is convenient to surf with the up and down keys or by scrolling the mouse wheel.
By the way, if you scroll down the list, then there will be an option to view all content in the Finder or on the Internet.
One of the most important advantages of Spotlight is the ability to search for files in other applications. For example, it finds documents created inside the Ulysses app or notes in Evernote. Similarly, the mechanism wools letters among mail and messages in iMessage.
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The easiest and perhaps the oldest way to find a file is to turn to the Finder for help. To do this, open this application and enter the query of interest in the search bar located in the upper right corner.
Pressing the key return (Enter), you will see a list of found files, and text search will be carried out inside documents. Well, if you want to see the result only among the file names, then in the menu that appears, select the item “The name goes with:“.
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An advanced way to search for files by specified criteria will be smart folders (detailed), which you may already know from iTunes. Thanks to them, for example, you can find all the files created in the last seven days, and so on.
In order to create them, open the menu in the Finder File → New smart folder.
A purple smart folder will appear in a new window, in which, by clicking on the button with a plus sign “+”, you can add search criteria.
It is also possible to search for files through the Terminal, but this method is rather geeky, and it requires certain skills that are beyond even an advanced Mac user.