How Do I Find Past Text Documents Now?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by stolpioni, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. stolpioni macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I am trying to locate some past text documents that I don't remember the names for. But inside the text editor when I click on "Open", these documents won't show up anymore like they did in past OS X versions. Now I will just the main Macintosh HD folder.

    Please help. These are very important documents. Thanks!
     
  2. ricede macrumors regular

    ricede

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    Do you remember what type of file endings they had.
    Was it .txt or .doc etc etc ?

    Try using spotlight & searching for .txt or .doc & it should bring up a list of all text files with that file type.

    Or download Easyfind - its free & a bit more comprehensive than spotlight.
    http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/11076/easyfind
     
  3. stolpioni thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried that but I have tens of thousands of text files when I do a search with EasyFind. Impossible to find.
     
  4. jbarley macrumors 68030

    jbarley

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    If you need to locate these documents surely you have some idea of their contents.
    Spotlight (alt+cmd+space) in Yosemite does an excellent job of finding words within a documents body, you just have to poke around a bit and pick the right words to search for.
     

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