I am learning French and I have a folder with 5000 words in it (ie 5000 mp3 files).

Out of the 5000 words there are 1243 that I still don't know. I want to extract those 1243 words and put them into a separate folder.

I have the 1243 file names listed in Excel, eg "autrement.mp3"

How do I search for them all at once, or in batches?


1 Answer 1


I found the answer here:


This worked for me:

Use the free software called EasyFind

  • Drag and drop your root folder in the window to set the source
  • Copy paste the list of photos you're looking for (you'll only see one in the box but they're all there if you arrow up/down.
  • Select "Any Word" in the options on the left
  • Hit enter to search
  • Select all the items in that list and copy (option+drag) or move them (drag) to a folder in finder.
  • copy and paste the list where? Aug 10, 2019 at 8:42
  • This is a very old 32 bit app, MacOS cannot run it, it puts a X over the app icon. The full Answer text above is a perfect copy/part from a 5 years old reply from reddit. I don't think this answer help others with similar problems. But for Sierra or older MacOS versions, it may work. Answer needs clarifications,
    – Prado
    Aug 10, 2019 at 11:05
  • @Prado The EasyFind option is still relevant. I downloaded the latest version 5.0.2 from easyfind.en.softonic.com/mac and it worked perfectly in finding multiple files from an Excel sheet.
    – LWTBP
    Aug 23, 2022 at 10:02

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