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Mon Jun 15, 2020, 11:54 AM

Finder--where did I go wrong?

Whenever I try to find anything in finder using Search, it gives me all these other folders. Like script folders! And ds_store folders! I have tried to find this answer in Apple support. Clues?

EEK!

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Reply Finder--where did I go wrong? (Original post)
Lulu KC Jun 15 OP
Tetrachloride Jun 15 #1
Lulu KC Jun 15 #2
Lulu KC Jun 17 #3
CloudWatcher Jun 17 #5
Tetrachloride Jun 17 #4

Response to Lulu KC (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 12:29 PM

1. What u want is PRIVACY in the SPOTLIGHT

1. in System Preferences, open SPOTLIGHT
2. Uncheck -- FONTS, MUSIC, CONTACTS, CALCULATOR
3. add folders that u don't want searched.

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Response to Tetrachloride (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 12:33 PM

2. Thank you!

That helped a lot!

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Response to Tetrachloride (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 17, 2020, 12:35 PM

3. Uh oh

It is still showing a LOT that I don't want to see. It wasn't always like this, and I don't remember changing any settings, but it is really almost worthless to use with everything it's showing. Argh.

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Response to Lulu KC (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 17, 2020, 01:02 PM

5. Is it returning matches or ?

Is it just returning too much for you or results that don't match the search? If too much, it could be the "results" tab (in spotlight preferences) is including more than you want.

A decent article on how to use Spotlight (the search engine that Finder uses): https://www.macworld.com/article/2919029/how-to-use-spotlight-in-yosemite-to-search-for-files-apps-web-info-and-more.html

You can use "cmd-f" in any finder window to bring up a more advanced search interface. E.g. you can use it to find just files that contain the string you're looking for, or files that are really big. And it's easy to limit the search to a specific folder or search the entire Mac.

If you think the results are not what you've asked for, you might (might) need to rebuild the Spotlight database. It's just two steps, this article shows how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201716

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Response to Lulu KC (Original post)

Wed Jun 17, 2020, 12:41 PM

4. Continue to add folders or exclude certain types of items: example LIBRARY folder, backup folders.

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