searching in Finder

Discussion in 'macOS' started by hackum, Feb 8, 2011.

  1. hackum, Feb 8, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2011

    hackum macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2009
    I am still having issues with Finder after using it for so many years. For example I am searching for the file called 'bggritty.png'

    When I type 'gritty', there are no results, only when I type the whole name 'bggritty' does the file show up.

    Am I doing something wrong or what?
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    By default, Finder matches based on the start of words in file names. This can be overwritten by hitting the + button that gives you the ability to add another search criteria. From the combo box on the left (usually starts with "Kind") you can switch to "Name." Then in the next combo box switch it from "Matches" to "Contains." This will give you the desired behavior. Unfortunately, you cannot change the default. At least that I'm aware of.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Try this:
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  4. hackum thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2009
    That worked.
    Thanks so much!

    I've never used this functionality in Finder before. It's never too late to learn.

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