How to Display “All My Files” Folder in macOS High Sierra?

By now, a lot of Mac owners have already upgraded their macOS to the latest High Sierra. Overall, it was positively accepted by users. Still, it seems that a new version of the product has some changes that not all users can get along with. One of the most obvious changes in the system is the removing of “All My Files” folder. This folder was substituted by “Recent Display.”

Why do users hate “Recent”?

One of the main problems for the “Recent” is that it only shows what was opened, well, recently. Therefore, copied or downloaded but not opened files are out of the game. For a lot of users, this new feature has become completely useless. To be honest, “All My Files” as we know it is gone and there is nothing you can do about that.

Yet, even if the “Recent Display” has taken the place of “All My Files” folder, it does not mean that you can`t change it. We will help you to resolve the issue. One of the possible ways to deal with it is to create a new folder with search criteria that suit your specific needs.

How to create your own Smart Folder?

create smart folderA smart folder is a place / location, created by the user to automatically find and display files based on the user-specified criteria or attributes (i.e., type, date, subject, etc.). The great thing about smart folders is that they get updated and changed automatically according to the changes you make on your Mac (i.e., modify, add or delete files). This peculiarity of smart folders can be used to come up with a solution to substitute the retired “All My Files” folder.

To create a smart folder, follow the steps below:

  • Launch Finder;
  • In the upper menu, select File → New Smart Folder;
  • To search for the specific files in a newly opened smart folder window, then type in your topic or any other criteria into the search bar;
  • To search for all files on your Mac, you should:
    • Select the Add button (‘+’) next to Save;
    • In the search attribute pop-up menus, select ‘Name’ and ‘is not.’ Here you can also define which file types and locations you wish to search;
    • Enter some symbol that is not used in file names (for example, an asterisk * or a caret ^);
  • The search results will display all files that do not contain the chosen symbols in their title – and that would be all files from locations chosen by you.
  • Press Save, enter the name for the smart folder (in our case, “All My Files”), and decide whether you want it to be displayed in Finder’s sidebar.

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There is also one more option. You may ask Siri to get “All My Files” folder. She will not find the folder but will get all your files you recently opened or downloaded. After that, you will just need to sort out all the files and find the data you need. Still, it`s very time-consuming, unfortunately.

Alternatively, if the operations described above seem too complicated to you, you will have to use the “Recent” folder. Like mentioned before, there is no other way to restore “All My Files” folder in macOS High Sierra.