How to Find a File on a Mac

Mac OS is undoubtedly one of the most secure systems around, which provides its users with the ultimate graphical user interface and enriched applications.

Every feature has its cost though and when it comes to Apple Macintosh, the consumers not only pay a hefty price in monetary terms but also have to suffer from some complications. Mac can be a little difficult for the beginners but if you take little interest and start learning to use it properly, it can become very handy.

Mac OS 8.5 or later comes with a Sherlock that has an improved ‘Find File’ command.


  • 1

    Open your Mac

    Make sure that your Mac is properly charged. After ensuring that, click on the Apple menu and identify the location of ‘Sherlock’.

  • 2

    Define your search criteria

    You must define your search criteria, which will be critical in locating the desired file. Select the attributes on the basis of which you wish to run the search. The search can be done on the basis of name, type, size, creator, modification date or anything like that. You can choose more than one options at a time as well.

  • 3

    Specify the search location

    If you are certain that the desired file is in a particular location or drive, you must limit the search area to that location. This will reduce the unnecessary time and will perform search in an efficient manner.

    If you are unsure of the location, you will have to search the entire system for that and this can be a little time consuming.

  • 4

    Choose Find by Content

    If you want your search to be limited to the entered phrases or search words, then it is strongly advised that you should choose the ‘Find by Content’ option. You will be allowed to enter the search words and the search will be based on these phrases only.

    If you do not have the option to choose ‘find’, then you must click ‘Index Volumes’.

  • 5

    Search internet

    You also have the option to run the search over internet. Just enter the word or phrase and click on ‘Find’ to start searching. The finer details of various search engines on the internet remain the same.

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