While your first instinct may be to panic when you think you have lost an important file, a systematic search for your file will often produce successful results. Perhaps you were working on a file and accidentally deleted it. You look in the Finder app and it is not in the folder where it should be located. Here’s how to try and find it.
The first place to look is in the Trash Bin. Here are the steps to follow:
- Open the Trash Bin by clicking on its icon.
- Search for the file you suspect was deleted.
- If the file is found, right-click on the file and select the “Put Back” option.
- Verify the recovery by using Finder and searching the file’s original location.
Other ways to search your computer may turn up a missing file. You may have inadvertently moved it to a different location, perhaps even to the cloud. A Spotlight search or employing the Siri digital assistant will quickly help you determine if the file is simply misplaced or really deleted. If it has been deleted, then keep reading and we will look at some ways to get it back.