In the heat of multiple open and save dialog boxes, it’s easy enough to put an important file where you least expect it to be. Apple has a built-in feature that helps find recently used applications and files, but this utility is even better.
Blast That Lost File!
In the Mac’s Apple menu, in the left corner of the Menubar, is Apple’s free solution to finding recently misplaced files or recently used apps.
Click the Apple menu, select Recent Items, and scroll until you find what you’re looking for.
System Preferences > General even gives you control over how many files and apps are retained in the list.
Unfortunately, the free method is a convoluted solution that doesn’t necessarily, or, at least easily, tell you when the lost file went.
Blast does. This is one of the cleverest utilities you’ll run into. Blast keeps track of what you’ve used recently so you don’t have to worry about where any app or file went. Blast knows.
Click the Menubar to see where what’s what went.
Not only are files easy to find, but Blast comes with a number of useful functions.
Both files and recent applications are easily found and a click away in the drop down menu. That’s good, but it gets better.
The visual cues are good, of course, but Blast also gives you a quick click navigation to Applications, Documents, Desktop, and an optional storage folder.
Files can be opened or displayed in the Finder with a click. If your Mac is loaded with a gazillion files, use the file search filter.
Blast’s sidebar holds favorite folders and files. Files can be sent to Evernote with a click, or previewed in QuickLook.
This is more handy than I’ve described. Instead of rummaging through folders and files to find an attachment, Blast has it easily available and ready for an email. The price tag is a bit more than I’m comfortable spending, but I found Blast to be indispensable and immediately useful, so worth the extra coin.