I recently realized that I have a lot of files that could be deleted from my MacBook Pro. The files in question were all .dmg installers that are no longer needed (eg apps already installed).
I could go through the Downloads folder and select each of those files and delete them, but that’s a slog, especially when the folder is full of files you want to keep.
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I don’t always have time to manually search for similar files in crowded folders. When this happens, I turn to Finder’s built-in search feature, which greatly simplifies the process of locating specific files.
How do you use this super-handy feature? Fortunately, it’s pretty easy — once you know the trick. Let me enlighten you.
How to Find Similar Files in Finder
What you will need: To use this feature, you need a MacOS device (such as a MacBook or iMac) with an updated version of MacOS You should keep your operating system as up to date as possible to ensure you are protected from bugs and vulnerabilities.
That’s all you need.
And that’s it for batch-deleting similar files in macOS Finder. You can apply this to all types of files, and even add date criteria to further narrow your search. It might not be the easiest thing to do, but it’s definitely more efficient than manually deleting files one by one.