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 '20 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 '20 at 12:40
  • You flag for moderator attention & ask in the text box.
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 24 '20 at 12:46

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:


  • 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 '20 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 '20 at 13:45

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