The Finder's search bar is an integral part of my workflow. I am constantly using it to search the contents of files within various folders.

However, typing into this bar always searches the entire machine by default. In order to make it search just one folder, I have to click a second button.

Is there a way to change this so that it searches the current folder by default?


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Finder -> Preferences -> Advanced

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  • I can't believe I didn't think of that.
    – daviewales
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 13:07
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    @daviewales I can't believe the default is to search the whole computer. I have literally never wanted to search that way.
    – Michael
    Commented Sep 13, 2014 at 21:56

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