How do I search for files in OS X Lion?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Sean1218, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. Sean1218 macrumors member

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    May 22, 2011
    #1
    Spotlight (regular, or in finder) doesn't seem to find anything I'm looking for. I just want to be able to search through the system and library files on a partition, but they just don't show up in any searches. I can go to the folders directly, and see that the files I'm trying to search for are right there.

    I'm really just looking for something like this http://www.voidtools.com/ but on a mac.
     
  2. samh macrumors 6502

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    Oct 29, 2009
    #2
    Check in your Spotlight Preferences in System Preferences that the appropriate locations are enabled. Also, what folder are these files in that are not being found? Does it work for a file in your Documents folder, for example?
     
  3. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    You can open up a finder window, and then type in the search field there and get results; try that and see if it's any better.

    Personally that's what I do when I need to "find" something that I don't know the exact name for.
     

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