How to Search Word on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

How to Search Word on Mac

Searching for specific words or phrases on your Mac can be a time-saving technique, especially when dealing with large documents or searching through multiple files. Fortunately, macOS provides several built-in methods to help you quickly find and locate the words you’re looking for. In this tutorial, we will explore these different methods and learn how to effectively search for words on your Mac.

Using the Finder

If you are searching for a specific word within a file or a group of files, the Finder’s search feature can come in handy:

  1. Open a Finder window by clicking on the Finder icon in the Dock.
  2. In the top-right corner of the Finder window, you’ll find a search bar. Click inside it to activate the search functionality.
  3. Type in the word or phrase you want to search for.

    As you type, macOS will start displaying instant results below the search bar.

  4. To view more detailed results, press Enter or click on “Show All” at the bottom of the results list.
  5. The Finder will display all files containing your searched word or phrase. You can further refine your search by using filters such as file type, date modified, and more.

Using Spotlight

Spotlight is another powerful tool that allows you to search not only for files but also for content within those files:

  1. To open Spotlight, press Command + Spacebar on your keyboard. Alternatively, click on the magnifying glass icon located at the top-right corner of your screen.
  2. Type in your desired word or phrase in the Spotlight search bar.
  3. Spotlight will display instant results, including files, folders, applications, and more. The search term will be highlighted within the file names and content snippets.
  4. Click on a result to open the file directly or press Enter to view more detailed results.

Using Text Editors

If you are working with text files or documents and want to search within them directly, most text editors on Mac provide a built-in search functionality:

  1. Open your preferred text editor or document viewer (such as TextEdit or Pages).
  2. Press Command + F on your keyboard to activate the find feature.
  3. A search bar will appear. Type in the word or phrase you want to search for.
  4. The text editor will highlight all occurrences of the searched word or phrase within the document.
  5. You can navigate through the results by using the arrow buttons provided in the search bar.


In this tutorial, we have explored different methods to search for words on your Mac. Whether you need to find specific words within files using Finder’s search feature, utilize Spotlight’s comprehensive searching capabilities, or search within text files using dedicated editors, macOS provides multiple options to cater to your searching needs. By mastering these techniques, you can save time and easily locate the information you require without hassle.

Remember: Effective use of these searching methods can significantly improve productivity and efficiency when dealing with large volumes of data on your Mac!

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