I have been using a cool little program called EasyFind from DEVONtechnologies for many years. It is can perform very detailed searches, is easy to use and is free! What’s not to like. Spotlight is good, but for more detailed searches I prefer EasyFind.
Here is the way DEVONtechnologies describes EasyFind:
Spotlight is great, but sometimes you need something more specialized. EasyFind finds files and folders by name or content using advanced Boolean operators similar to DEVONthink and DEVONagent, wildcards, and phrases. It does not require indexing, is fast, and uses very little memory.
That pretty much sums up my opinion of it. Here is the main window (The EasyFind window is quite wide so just click on the images for a larger view):
The left hand column presents you with most of the main ways of searching for a file including “hidden files” which is very cool. The way it is setup here is the way I like to do it. Just type your search word or phrase in the entry field and off it goes. Lets do a test of EasyFind. I am going to delete a word processor program called “Bean” from my Mac. Bean is a cool, stripped down word processor, but it is not supported any longer. Initially, I am going to use CleanMyMac 2 to do the deletion;
CleanMyMac 2 does a pretty good job of cleaning out anything associated with Bean. Now lets type “bean” in the search field of EasyFind:
EasyFind locates a lot of stuff with the word “bean” in it including the Bean word processor Preference file! I was not removed! If you would like to delete the file just select it and hit the “Delete” icon in the EasyFind menubar.
Another case in point. The other day I wanted to delete a plugin for Apple Mail. But, the plugin is not located in the Applications Folder. Yes I could have used CleanMyMac 2 to remove it but I wanted to make sure I got every last piece. So, I opened EasyFind and did a search on the software company name. I got about 10 files located across my HD. I deleted each item and restarted my machine. Wa la!! All done.
EasyFind is great for just finding files as well. Yes Spotlight is pretty good, but if you are looking for a needle in a haystack I recommend EasyFind.
One more thing I need to mention. You can tell EasyFind where to search. You can search your main HD, multiple volumes or in specific folders just by clicking the dropdown in the main window like so:
I really like EasyFind for performing very detailed, specific searches for things. It is easy to use and free. I highly recommend you install it on your Mac.