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Hour 2. Using the Finder and the Dock > Performing File and Content Searches

Performing File and Content Searches

In addition to organizing your files, the Finder enables you to find applications by filename, 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.

An easy way to search for a file by name only is through the Finder window. To do this, open a Finder window by double-clicking the folder or drive containing the file you want to find. Then type your search term in the Search box in the toolbar. Remember, if the toolbar isn’t visible, you can show it by clicking the oblong button at the upper right of the window’s title bar. If the search box isn’t visible, you might have to enlarge your window by dragging from the diagonal lines in the bottom-right corner.


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