Is there any possibility to change default behaviour of Search text box in Finder to search with “Name contains” instead of “Name matches”? I know there is this possibility in advanced searching criteria but that is way too lengthy and usually I just need to quickly find some files by part of the filename.

macOS Catalina v10.15.5

  • Yeah, that's irritating. It used to do 'contains' by default until about El Cap or so. If no-one here picks up on this in a day or two, flag it to be migrated to Ask Different for a second shot.
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 19, 2020 at 9:18
  • @Tetsujin, I just wanted to flag it to be migrated to Ask Different but there is unfortunately no option for moving there. There are only other sites in the Stack Exchange network.
    – paulie
    Jul 24, 2020 at 12:40
  • You flag for moderator attention & ask in the text box.
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 24, 2020 at 12:46
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    This seems to be the default behaviour in macOS Monterey (not 100% sure it was integrated in macOS Big Sur) if you don't mind upgrading your macOS version
    – tama
    Nov 17, 2021 at 0:47
  • You are right, @tama. It works in macOS Monterey as a default option, thank you.
    – paulie
    Nov 18, 2021 at 8:39

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Find Any File can do this, an it's only $7.99:


FYI I haven't tried it myself, but the developer website screenshot shows searching by Contains:


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    8 bucks for something that used to be the default setting, & if you want a 3rd party app can be done for free with EasyFind - I'm not exactly sold.
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 20, 2020 at 17:58
  • I have to agree with @Tetsujin. In the end, using another app would be more complicated than using Finder search. It would be sufficient for me to have an option where I could set default condition for the search box.
    – paulie
    Jul 22, 2020 at 13:45

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