When searching for a file with Spotlight (and with the Finder) I often find many different versions of the correct file name.

But to choose the correct one I want to deal with, I should see its complete location on the file system.

I'm hunting a Makefile. Spotlight (the Finder too) displays me a list of a lot of them (I'm working with different package managers which install softwares in different directories). How may I quickly display their complete location to choose the one I want?

With the command line find or locate the answer is pretty easy. But in some cases I would like to avoid to start a Terminal and fire a pretty long find.

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    I don't know if this is what you looking for but I have the "Show Path Bar" turned on in Finder, so when I click o a file in the search window it displays the path for it at the bottom of the finder widow.
    – Ruskes
    Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 23:00
  • Pretty near :).
    – dan
    Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 17:34

2 Answers 2


You can press +to see filepath in Quicklook pop-up.

  • I don't understand why someone downvoted this answer, since this is pretty near of what I'm looking for.
    – dan
    Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 17:21

I have a few suggestions:

  1. You can try hovering over the file, and a preview of the file will pop-up left of the spotlight list.
  2. You can -click on an item to open its location
  3. You can try the free app Alfred. Thought I was hesitant first, Alfred has become a replacement for spotlight for me for most purposes. I find that the calculator function of spotlight has many more features, but Alfred is much more extendable. It lists the file paths of results right under the file names.
  • In most of the case where I'm searching among many files, I'm not able to recognize these text files from their content. Their location is the only key point which may help me to open the right one.
    – dan
    Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 17:23
  • → XAleXOwnZX: is your point 3 meaning that Alfred is able to display a list of complete locations when I'm searching for one among 20 Makefile?
    – dan
    Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 17:32
  • Yes @daniel_Azuelos
    – Alexander
    Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 12:34

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