How do I search a specific folder?

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

  1. g-boac 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. GGJstudios 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. g-boac thread starter macrumors 6502

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

    CreativeHart 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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