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Chapter 2. Exploring the Desktop > Performing File and Content Searches

Performing File and Content Searches

In addition to organizing your files, the Finder enables you to find applications by file name, and documents by filename or by content. But the best part is that the search results are interactive. You can launch located programs and applications by double-clicking their icons in the results window. Also, dragging a file or folder to the desktop or a Finder window moves that object to a new location. This is a quick way to clean up when you accidentally save a file to the wrong folder.

People who've been using Macs for a while may be surprised that the Finder performs the function of finding files, rather than an application called Sherlock. Sherlock is still a part of the Mac software package, but rather than performing local file searches, it now searches only Internet content. In case you're wondering, we'll take a look at Sherlock in Chapter 5, “Using Other Basic Applications.”



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