I accidentally overwrote a small text file. I have no selectable TimeMachine snapshots - the "up" buttons are greyed out (note; tried Ctrl + Shift + C to remount but it makes no difference). Which is not surprising, as I have no external drive setup (and cannot because of security reasons).

There are a plethora of bad & free recovery apps that don't seem to work.

I'm wondering if there is any free & simple option available?

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    If you overwrote the file (I assume you saved the changes by mistake) and there's no backup in Time Machine, then there's not much you can do.
    – IconDaemon
    Commented Sep 25, 2019 at 14:35
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    Can you shed some light on the "Time Machine isn't helping" statement? What are you trying? What happens? Perhaps you could refocus the question on that issue, otherwise this as it's written is too broad.
    – Monomeeth
    Commented Sep 25, 2019 at 22:14

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Without a backup the chances of recovery are slim. And assuming that you have been using your Mac even after you deleted/overwrote the file the chances are even lower (because the freed space may have already been reused).

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