I have been working on my scenario for a week on textedit, and this morning while I was making correction my file disappeared, while the other textedit files that were open remained on-screen.

I can't find the file anymore. I have tried the library autosave and there was nothing. When I looked in /private/var/folders there are files that correspond to the time this error happened, but they are forbidden from access.

How can I get my textedit file back?

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    You might check in your (invisible) username/library/Caches/TemporaryItems folder. Also, you may have inadvertantly changed the file's name. If so, Spotlight can find it using words from the documents content. Commented Oct 16, 2014 at 13:54

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If it's not in Open Recent under the File menu, it's gone.

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