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

    May 22, 2011
    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 but on a mac.
  2. samh macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2009
    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

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    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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