Forum Question: How Do I Find a File’s Location After Doing a Spotlight Search?

When trying to find the location for a photo, spreadsheet, etc., I do a Spotlight Search. Once I see the file listed, I want to right click or something to learn the specific location on my drive. Is there an option available to do this? (OS X El Capitan)
John Riddle

Comments: 5 Responses to “How Do I Find a File’s Location After Doing a Spotlight Search?”

    5/26/16 @ 12:03 pm

    All you need to do is to use the keyboard shortcut Command+R. You can also hold down the Command key and double-click the file in Spotlight.
    Command+R also works in a variety of other settings. For instance, in a Save or Open dialog box in an app, you can usually select a file or folder and use Command+R to open a Finder window with that item.

    John Riddle
    5/26/16 @ 12:26 pm

    SO easy when you know the answer :-) Thank you Gary!

    5/26/16 @ 2:18 pm

    Great tip. I’ve often wondered how to do that, too. Actually, I’ve often given up trying to figure it out. I wonder why Apple made it so hidden, when a simple right-click context menu would’ve helped?

    5/26/16 @ 5:05 pm

    If all you want to do is know the path (rather than opening a finder window), when you get the list of results in Spotlight, you can select one and hold down the Command key. The path will show at the bottom of the preview pane.

    John Stires
    6/12/16 @ 11:08 pm

    @Antrim. That’s not always the case and I don’t know why. Sometimes a jpg file has the path available and the one below it on the list does not. No logical difference or reason.

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