Uhmm.. Illustrator doesn't really search directories. How are you initiating this search within Illustrator?
I have 12 documents in a nested folder. I am using "command O" to access any or all of those 12 documents. I am not leaving the program to do it (as in the finder's command F). I am simply accessing and reaccessing the documents through Illustrator's "open" command under the File menu. Despite the fact that I am opening documents from the same folder, each time I want to open one of the 12 documents (in case I've closed them) the search window opens up in the Main folder and I must rifle through the same sequence of nested folders to get back to the same spot (the nested folder with the 12 docs).
I don't have the same problem when opening PS documents when using Photoshop. That program's Command "O" brings me back to the folder from where I opened my last document.
Is there a simple preference that will bring me back directly to the folder I am using?
That's the simplest way I can describe it.
Oh that's an issue across the Mac. You might want to check out Default Folder X (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html) it allows you to control open/save locations as well as other features. I've been using it for years becuase the Mac OS has been broken in these terms for many itterations.
Thanks, I'll pursue that. What ever works, works.
Default Folder X is the best solution, though I've found it a bit flaky with Adobe apps in OS 10.7 & 10.8.
Anybody remember Boomerang? That was the first of the flyback file system tools, back when Macs still had tan coloured cases.