By mistake, I moved a file in to a Finder window that I previously did a search in, so it was open on "All My Files" which is not really a folder. Yet when I moved the file in to this Finder window, the file disappeared from its original location. Now when I search for the file I cannot find it..

What happened to it?

  • A great thing to do after a slip-up like that is CMD-z ( undo ). You'd be surprised at how many instances undo can be used. I know it doesn't help much now :(
    – ephsmith
    Jul 7, 2012 at 0:39
  • Do you know the name of the file?
    – ephsmith
    Jul 7, 2012 at 0:40
  • Yes I know the name of the file, I mentioned that I was searching for the file..
    – erikvold
    Jul 7, 2012 at 0:41
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    Thanks @ephsmith, I see the file there, I guess my spotlight isn't configured to search there... Please make a answer so that I can mark it as correct!
    – erikvold
    Jul 7, 2012 at 0:55
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    This shouldn't have happened and I think it's a bug or unforeseen side-effect. Undo is a good thing to have your hands remember though. I use it all the time--closing the wrong tab in Safari., moving the wrong file. When I make a mistake, CMD-z is usually the first thing I try.
    – ephsmith
    Jul 7, 2012 at 1:01

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The file most assuredly ended up in your home directory somewhere. I was able to replicate your problem and the file I dropped there ended up in my Documents directory.

If you don't see it in Documents, try searching for the file by name with Spotlight. Lastly, if that doesn't work, try issuing the following command in Terminal.app:

find $HOME -name "filename"

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