How to know the path of the file location from spotlight?

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  1. hajime macrumors 68030

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    Hello, I found the file I am looking for. Its content is displayed by Spotlight. I can open it. However, I would like to know where the file is stored. How can I find the path (location) where the file is stored? Thanks.
     
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    If you hold down the "CMD" key while clicking in the item in the Spotlight list, the enclosing folder will open.
     
  3. hajime thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thank you very much for the useful technique. The folder that contains the file shows up. However, is there a way to get the full path? For example, I want to know where that folder is located on my drive.
     
  4. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Two ways:

    While in the Finder, go to menu View > Show Path bar (I this that always on). Another, is to hold down CMD (or right/ctrl) while clicking on the file name in the window title. It will present a popup menu showing the folder hierarchy that you can also use to navigate.

    The path bar can also be used to change the current folder by double-clicking the one you want.
     
  5. CrickettGrrrl macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you! (and a 100 up clicks!)

    Augh this has been driving me nuts because I missed seeing the file path while mouse hovering in Snow Leopard, used it a thousand times a day!

    Hajime, if you hold the command key while clicking on the file, there's a side pop out which slowly scrolls the entire path at the very bottom in a smaller font, often in two rows. It's quite a bit slower than Snow Leopard's mouse hover, but it will show up.

    Yay! :)
     
  6. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Seems that works while the automatic QuickLook window is open. Holding the CMD will show the filename at the bottom, then (if you're patient) the path will show. The latter I didn't know about! Thanks.
     
  7. CrickettGrrrl macrumors 6502a

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    I loved the mouse hover because it was fast & really worked well. This is way slower and thus not as useful, but I'm so glad Apple didn't remove it altogether!

    I already have "show paths" set up for the bottom of my Finder windows and while very useful, it was a pain to open something from Spotlight in Finder just to see the path.
     
  8. prisstratton macrumors 6502

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    This is something I use that you may find helpful.

    http://www.defaults-write.com/display-full-posix-path-in-os-x-finder-title-bar/#.UpOElpHNr2E

    If you are not happy using the Terminal then you can always use the Secrets preference pane, available here:

    http://secrets.blacktree.com

    Once installed, click Finder in the left hand window and scroll until you see the option to “Show path in title bar”.
     

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