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

    Jul 19, 2013

    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


    Aug 16, 2010
    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.
  3. stolpioni thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2013
    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 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    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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