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I don't know when I stopped working yesterday, but very likely I saved a file before shutting down my computer.

How can I find the (not system owned) file with the last save timestamp?

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Show a finder window sorted by date modified.

  • Open a File Menu > New Finder window, or Cmd ⌘ N

  • If 'All my Files' isn't the default, View menu > All my Files or Cmd ⌘ Shift ⇧ F

  • Sort as List enter image description here, View menu, or Cmd ⌘ 2

  • By default this doesn't show, so Right Click the header bar & check Date Modified enter image description here

  • Sort by Date Modified, with newest to the top by clicking that column in the header bar - enter image description here

Your most recently saved file will now be at the top of the list.

  • Now this is fantastic! I didn't even know about "All my Files". How handy! I thought I would have to go through the Terminal and do some complicated find. Oh God, how I love Apple again ♥ – And, wow, thanks for the wonderfully comprehensive answer. Wish I could give you more than the standard rep. – user28268 Apr 7 '16 at 7:12
  • Welcome. The All My Files category is relatively new, maybe since Yosemite [I'm not certain] & is the default view for new users, but not for us old timers who have been updating 'in place' for years :) – Tetsujin Apr 7 '16 at 7:18

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