Simon, sometimes I have that happen with Adobe Photoshop files saved to my desktop. Look for them and they are no where to be viewed. They are there, yet I cannot view them.
I go back and open Photoshop, look for and open the file. Do another save-as and the file is saved so that I can see and locate this on the desktop.
Why this happens? Who knows. Just a glitch every once in a while.
When was the last time you rebuilt your desktop?
That may help to clean out the cobwebs and other little problems.
That just reminded me to rebuild my desktop also.
I thought I was imagining things at first but has anyone else had a problem where you save Word files but they don't appear in the folder where you saved them?
I've had this problem using Word 2004 V11 on a Mac Mini running 10.4.6 but on other Macs as well.
If I look at the list of recently opened documents within Word, I can always find the file I saved listed there. Usually, if I then 'save as', the original file name miraculously appears in the same folder - so it isn't a disaster. I'm just curious to know if I'm alone on this one and if there is a known fix.