I seek to excluding files when searching in Finder:

When I perform a search in Finder, it will also show system and application files.

I know I can save a search which only searches my user, but I want to know if this is possible to turn off for a regular Finder window search or perhaps by creating a saved search that excludes a specific folder from the results?

This has been asked before: How can I create a Saved Search that excludes a specific folder from the results?

but unfortunately none of the solutions worked for me for reasons that aren’t easy to list here.

I'm on High Sierra.

  • Firstly, welcome to Ask Different! :) I hope you come to find this site has a lot to offer! In case you haven't already, it's worth taking the time to read the tour. Regarding your question, saying, "This has been asked before, but none of the answers worked for me" doesn't help us at all to help you, as we don't know what you've tried and therefore what didn't work? Can you please edit your question to include this info so we're not likely to suggest things you've already done. Thanks.
    – Monomeeth
    Commented Jul 30, 2019 at 22:04
  • Thank you. I will edit my question.
    – Staxxx
    Commented Jul 30, 2019 at 23:34
  • Great edit, the question still needs a little more cleanup so I consolidated what was three questions into one. Feel free to enumerate why the answer(s) on the linked question failed you if no one has a good answer in a few days or a week.
    – bmike
    Commented Jul 31, 2019 at 0:56
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    Applications and System folder are on the same level as yoor home directory. you can avoid searching them by searching a directory on the same level as Applications.
    – Natsfan
    Commented Jul 31, 2019 at 1:03
  • Following upon @jmh 's comment, you might be searching in "This Mac" while you might want to use current folder or previous search if you specify it to be User folder. This setting can be changed in Finder preferences -> advanced.
    – anki
    Commented Jul 31, 2019 at 6:37


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