How To Search For Specific Words On Mac

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Dec 03, 2006 The command you'll find usedul is command-F. (Command may also show the 'apple' key on your keyboard, so the one next to spacebar). You may also find this document useful - it has all Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts in it. Time Machine makes multiple copies of your Mac files, so you can see what a file or folder looked like on the day it was backed up. If you know that the particular item you’re looking for used to reside in a given folder on your Mac, open that window before embarking on your journey or enter its name in the search box in the Finder window. Enter the search path (ie, the folder from which you want to start searching), as well as the file spec that you want to search and the text you're looking for. Because grep programs don't create an index beforehand, searching can take a good few minutes, so make sure you narrow down the program's workload by specifying a suitable search path.

Did you ever find yourself wanting to correct or replace a word, or phrase, that you’ve used more than once in a Word document? You go searching through the pages, hoping that your eyes caught them all. You’re pretty sure you have and you may still be left with some doubts.

Well, there is an easy cure for that anxiety. It’s simply to use the “Find” or Search feature within your computer. First, open your document and click on the Edit link in the tool bar. Or you can use the keyboard shortcut, the Control Key plus the letter “f”on a PC or the Command Key, plus the letter “f” on a Mac.

To make replacement changes, when you find the word remember to highlight it. Then use Control or Command “x” to delete it. Next edit what’s there or type in your new word.

Finally, when you are satisfied that you have the word or phrase you wish, highlight and “Copy” that (Control or Command “c”) Then Paste it over the one you wish to replace.

How to search for specific words on mac shortcut

Find in a Word Document on PC

How to search for specific words on mac screen

When you click on Control f to search for words or phrases in a document a pop-up window opens up.

Note: If the document above looks slightly different from yours, I use Open Office, a Free program, on my PC. It has the same features as Word and is compatible with it.

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How To Search On A Mac

On Your MacIntosh Computer
Find in a Document on a Mac

Command f, i.e. Find, in a Word Document on a Mac brings up a pop-up window for you to type in your desired search word(s).

Word Search On A Mac

Although the Search box on your MacBook Finder toolbar is all you usually need to find most files and folders, sometimes you need a little more flexibility and power to locate what you need on your system. To do so, add the Find controls, which you can use to create custom searches with more complex criteria. To locate a file by using the Find controls, follow these steps:

How To Search For Phrases On Mac

  1. With the Finder active, display the Find controls by pressing Command+F (or choose File from the Finder menu and then choose Find).

    Mac OS X displays the controls that you see here.

  2. Click the buttons at the top of the list to specify where you want to search.

    You can choose This Mac (your entire system, including network volumes) or a local volume.

  3. To search for a specific filename, click the first pop-up menu in the Search Criteria strip at the top of the window and choose Name; then type all or part of the filename in the Contains box.

    Lion automatically begins searching as soon as you type at least one character.

    After you locate the file or folder that you need, click the entry name to reveal the location of the matching file or folder in the path bar at the bottom of the window. You can also double-click it to launch (or display) it.

  4. If you want to search for a text string within the document itself, click the first pop-up menu in a row, choose Contents, and then type the string to match in the box.

    The text must appear just as you’ve typed it, so it’s always a good idea to restrict what you’re searching for to a minimum of words that you’re fairly sure will cause a match. (Content searching is not case sensitive, though.) Content searching works only when you’ve generated an index.

  5. To include additional search criteria lines, click the button with the plus sign next to the last criterion line.

    You can limit your results based on all sorts of rules, including the date that the file or folder was last modified, when it was created, the file type, the size, the extension, or whether the file or folder is marked visible or hidden (such as a system file).

    You can also remove a search criterion line by clicking the button with the minus sign.

  6. To save the search criteria that you selected, click Save.

    This creates a Smart Folder, which (you’re gonna lovethis) Lion automatically updates (in real time) to contain whatever items match the criteria you’ve saved! You can specify the location for your Smart Folder, and you can choose to add it to your Finder Sidebar for the ultimate convenience. Sweet.

  7. When you’re done canvassing your computer, click the Back button in the Find dialog to return to the Finder.