Apple has made Finder very powerful in Mac OS Sierra, the latest OS to replace El Capitan. But, depending on how you use your Mac, Finder might be too powerful, giving you search capabilities that you really don’t need.
You see, by default, Finder is designed to search through pretty much anything on your Mac. Each and every file on all your Mac’s hard disks, your flash drive, your photographs and even a connected CD ROM or DVD drive.
If all you need Finder to find is just stuff from where you save your Pages or Point documents, you don’t need the extended manhunt. Limiting where Finder looks for what you are looking for also means that your Mac will work a little less hard every time you search for stuff. This will mean that your search results are returned faster and also that you can get back to your multi-tasking sooner.
On a side note, we hope that you know that Mac OS Sierra gives you the ability to search through iPhotos for particular people? Surprised? It is true. Sierra uses facial recognition software that allows you to use just identify who you are looking for in a picture once, and then it can sift through all your photographs to find all the photographs in which that person appears.
Sounds too cool to be true. You just have to try it for yourself if you find it hard to believe. To try this out, double click on the person when you are viewing an album and then use the search options to look only for photos with this person. It is pretty amazing as Sierra will correctly find pictures of the person even if they have had a haircut or even if they are wearing clothing like a scarf of even a hat that will otherwise make it difficult to identify a person, even with the human eye.
But again, facial recognition is a memory hungry process which means that you will face Sierra running slow problems at least until you are done running facial recognition.