When we talk about an operating system, the first thing that comes to mind is file management. We have so many files on our computers, all stored in multiple locations, and it can get very tricky sometimes to get hold of a file at the spur of the moment.

To make this process a little easier, Apple has included, not one, but two different methods to search for files on your Mac. Both these methods give you real-time results, but keep in mind, that if you have a lot of fo files, the search times can vary.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to search for a file by typing its name on the Mac.

Method 1 – The Spotlight search

Spotlight search allows you to search for files on your system, as well as online. It is very useful when you want to quickly search for a file on your Mac or need some information online.

Step 1. On your keyboard, press the ‘Command key + Space Bar‘ keys to open the Spotlight Search bar.

 

How to search for a file by typing its name on the Mac

 

Step 2. Type in the file you want to search for.

 

How to search for a file by typing its name on the Mac

 

Step 3. In a few moments, you will see the relevant search results in a dedicated window.

You can now click on the result that you need and it will be opened.

Method 2 – File Manager search

In this method, we use the search bar that is found on every file manager window on the Mac.

Step 1. On your keyboard, press the ‘Command + F‘ keys to bring up the file manager.

 

how to search for a file by typing its name on a Mac

 

Step 2. The search bar is placed at the top right-hand side of the window.

 

How to search for a file by typing its name on the Mac

 

Step 3. You can enter the name of the file you are searching for in the search bar.

You will soon see the file in the search result list.

These are the two methods through which you can search for a file by typing its name, on the Mac.