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I am observing my storage breakdown by going to About This Mac > Storage > Manage.

From within there, on the left side it lists Applications, Books, and Documents on the left.

It indicates that my Documents uses up 12 gb. When I then click on that entry, the right side pane displays the options of Large Files, Downloads, Unsupported Apps, Container, File Browser.

When I browse through all these options, the amount of files listed in all of them cumulatively does come close to 12 gb. More like 1 gb total.

So how I am supposed to understand where these 12 gb of documents are when it doesn't list any of them.

Also my trash in emptied.

I feel like mac is like "You have a tonne of files, but try to find them..." lol.

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This Apple function is not very reliable. If you want to know in detail the occupation of your user space, instead use OmniDiskSweeper which will give you all the details.

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