How to Find a File on a Mac
Mac OS 8.5 or later includes Sherlock, a vast improvement over the older Find File command, but you can launch it the same way.
Things You'll Need
- Mac OS 9.0
Click on the Apple menu and select Sherlock. Or, from the Finder, press the keys Command-F.
Choose your search criteria. You can search by one or more attributes of the file (name, size, type, date modified, creator and so forth).
Choose a location to search. You can search locally or on a network.
To search the actual contents of a file for specific phrases, click on the Find by Content tab, then specify the phrase and a location in which to search. If the Find button is dimmed, click Index Volumes (indexing may take a while).
Search the Internet by keyword by selecting the Search Internet tab.
Click Find to run the search.
Tips & Warnings
- When you search by name, the search finds all filenames that include the phrase you typed. So a search for 'apple' would find files named 'Aunt Mary's apple pie recipe' and 'Apple Computer stock prices.'
- In the Sherlock results list, if you click once on the icon of a file, Sherlock will give you its location, no matter how embedded within folders it may be. If you double-click on the icon, the application will launch.