Step 1: State your preference
Under Finder in the menubar, click on Preferences or use the Command+’comma’ keyboard shortcut to bring up Finder’s Preferences window and start work.
Step 2: Select your start point
Under the General tab, click on the drop-down menu under ‘New Finder windows open’ to choose Finder’s default starting point when you start searching.
Step 3: Clean your sidebar
If Finder’s sidebar is looking a little cluttered you can remove some of the unused shortcuts by unchecking them in list under the Sidebar tab.
Step 4: Start off a search
Under the Advanced tab, use the drop-down menu at the bottom to select where Finder’s search function looks first – Current Folder is usually best.