How to Find a File on a Mac

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.

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Click on the Apple menu and select Sherlock. Or, from the Finder, press the keys Command-F.

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Choose your search criteria. You can search by one or more attributes of the file (name, size, type, date modified, creator and so forth).

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Choose a location to search. You can search locally or on a network.

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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).

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Search the Internet by keyword by selecting the Search Internet tab.

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Click Find to run the search.