spotlight v finder

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macuser231, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. macuser231 macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2010
    okay - thanks in advance
    but I need some assistance -
    i was looking for the google chrome extension folder in finder then in spot light.
    and way to much information is given in finder and none in spot light....
    I limited spotLight to folder only
    unhid folders in term app
    but still i can not find it...

    I would love to learn how to search efficiently on my macbook....

    here is a search from finder with the word Chrome...
    if i scroll the finder - no Chrome folder.

    similar results in "extension " search...

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  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Open Finder then click then click the Go / Go to folder... menu and paste in the below text and hit enter. That will get you to the Chrome extensions folder in your users area.

    ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Extensions
    To your larger question, neither Spotlight nor Finder will by default search for system files like you want. To search for system files open Finder then click the plus sign (next to Save in my shot) and in the two dropdowns select "System files" and "are included". If you do that with the search term Chrome for example, you will see many matches.

  3. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    Also, the definitive and exhaustive search is only possible from the command line:
    sudo find / -name "yoursearchstringacceptswildcards"

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