How to Recover Lost Files on a Mac

by Brendan O'Brien

The OS X operating system on Mac computers has a built-in search function that allows you to find lost files with a few clicks of the mouse. The Spotlight function allows you to search with keywords and names of files. When you use the Spotlight function, it is recommended that you shut down all applications and programs on your Mac. This allows the system to search more quickly and comprehensively.

Click the small spotlight icon in the top-right corner of your desktop.

Type a phrase or a name of the lost file that you are searching for on your Mac.

View the list of applicable items that appears underneath the field.

Click the "Show all" item at the top of the list.

Narrow your search with the option along the right-side of the window that appears. These options include date, kind of file and name of file. You can also narrow your search by location if you have more than one hard drive.

Click on the file name to view the file. Right-click on it and select "Reveal in Finder" to determine where it located on your Mac.

About the Author

Brendan O'Brien is a professional journalist in Milwaukee, Wis. He has worked for several news organizations, newspapers such as the "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" and trade magazines during his career of more than 15 years. He is currently a freelance writer who works for several publications.

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