How do I search a specific folder?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by g-boac, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2007
    When I press command-option-spacebar to open up a search window, I want to search a specific folder for all documents that are PDF. How do I search just that folder, not "This Mac" or "mdub" (my home directory)? Either option returns a LOT more files than what is relevant to me?

  2. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    In Finder, double-click to open the folder, then search. You'll be given an option for "This Mac" or your folder.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2007
  4. CreativeHart, Mar 3, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 3, 2011

    macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2011
    The "Apple (Command) + Spacebar" keyboard shortcut will open the Spotlight Search. Hit the shortcut and start typing. It auto fills and gives you the options to open a search window from the first result.


    Sorry I had the wrong answer. You were asking for a folder specific search.

    I have a question that is related to this: How do you have the search automatically search the folder you are already in? I do a lot of folder specific searches and it is tedious to have to select the folder instead of the whole Mac every time. Does that make sense?

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