The practical Mac app called Find Any File It does not replace the Spotlight search on the Apple computer, which you can call up with cmd + space bar. But it improves on them with various filters and advanced search options. You can limit the file search to certain hard drives or other storage media, include or exclude file formats and search for specific content. So if, in addition to Spotlight, the Finder search function also lets you down, you have immediately found an area of application for Find Any File (FAF). A 5-star review of FAF in the Mac App Store is even headed "... with the nose of a hunting dog";)
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Find Any File (FAF) as an advanced search for the Apple Mac
To go into a bit of detail: if you simply search for files and folders under macOS, you can use Find Any File, for example. For example, you can filter whether you also want to see hidden search results, whether archives should be displayed or whether you want to browse deleted content. For all three criteria there are the options “Show” (also display), “Hide” (not display) and “Only” (only display these). Furthermore, you can use a wide variety of filters with FAF - the period of the last edit (e.g. 5 minutes if you have lost a file you have just edited), the file format or which format you are not looking for, the creation period for files from a certain month or Year, and, and, and.
Search examples for using the FAF tool in macOS
Two examples that spring to mind for using Find Any File are Documents and Music. Documents can be scanned receipts for the tax return or texts for the blog. Graphics and photos may also be included. FAF can help when searching and finding music files, for example if you want to tidy up your music library, which is constantly being created by adding and removing folders. For example, all weird formats like .flac, .wma and the like if you select "Music" as the search folder and the common formats .mp3 and .mp4 excludes. There are certainly many other examples.
The developer Thomas Tempelmann has published Find Any File as shareware. That means you can use the tool for macOS on the Apple Mac on the official website free download. In addition, you can then use it in full for a test free of charge. If you like the app and want to continue using it, you should also consider buying it to help the developer. On the website you can find the purchase option for just $ 6. However, you can also download Find Any File from the Mac App Store. There the software, rated 4,9 out of 5 stars, costs € 8,99.
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He acts as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with technical problems. In his spare time he rides electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with the iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions to current bugs.