Normally, Finder will search through your entire Mac to locate what you are now after. While this may be pretty useful for some Mac users, others may find it annoying as it takes much longer to scroll through your full hard drive to locate a file.
If you don’t want to wait longer to look for a file while you are already within the necessary folder, you can easily customize your default scope for Finder window searches, thereby making it much easier and quicker for you to locate your files on your Mac.
In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to change the default search scope in Finder on your Mac. Before we begin, we recommend you update your Mac to the latest version of macOS. If you have not already done so, do it first before proceeding.
Steps to change the default search scope in Finder on your Mac
Step one: First off, head to the Apple menu at the top of the screen and click Finder
Step two: Next up, you need to select Preferences from the drop-down menu. After that, you will access the Finder Preferences panel on your Mac
Step three: Once you are in, you simply need to click the Advanced tab
Step four: Navigate to the bottom of the Preferences window and locate the drop-down menu labeled When performing a search and click on it
Step five:You now have three options to choose from: Search This Mac, Search the Current Folder and Use the Previous Search Scope
Step six: Select Search the Current Folder so that Finder searches within the folder you are now in
That’s all you need to do is change the default search scope in Finder on your Mac. If you change your mind, you can revert your change by repeating the above process and select your option.
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