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Support type: Mac: Finder
Last updated: Apr 2, 2011
Topic ID: 37

Topic Summary

Searching with Spotlight works great on the local hard drive, but what if you want to search for something on your server home directory? Follow these steps to search your home directory.


  1. Open your home directory in the finder. Click on the dock folder labeled with your name.

    Open your home directory in the finder. Click on the dock folder labeled with your name.

  2. Once your home folder is open on the screen, begin your search by typing in the upper right hand corner search box. For this example, we will use the search term "Network."

    Once your home folder is open on the screen, begin your search by typing in the upper right hand corner search box. For this example, we will use the search term "Network."

  3. As you can see, Spotlight automatically starts to search. However, it will only search your local hard drive. To change this, notice there is a grey bar just above the search results labeled with different locations. Click on the location "Folder "username"" where username is your username.

    As you can see, Spotlight automatically starts to search. However, it will only search your local hard drive. To change this, notice there is a grey bar just above the search results labeled with different locations. Click on the location "Folder "username"" where username is your username.

  4. Once you select the new location to search, Spotlight will then refresh the search results to reflect the new location - your home directory on our server.

    Once you select the new location to search, Spotlight will then refresh the search results to reflect the new location - your home directory on our server.

  5. This method can be used for any server folder including departmental share folders.
  6. Note: Because Spotlight does not index server folders, it will sometimes take extra time to search for items. The spinning grey disk at the bottom right of the window will tell you if the search is still working on finding items.