How to Restore the Trash on Mac

You can learn how to restore items from the trash folder to their original locations on a Mac computer by reading this emindsca article. Once the trash has been emptied, it is no longer possible to recover the contents of the trash can.

Steps

1. Open the trash folder on your Mac and empty the contents of it. To empty your trash, click the white trashcan icon in the dock of your Mac’s screen at the bottom of the screen. When the trash can appears to be completely full, this indicates that there are files in the trash.

2. Click Edit. It’s in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

3. Click Select All. It’s at the bottom of the second section of options in the drop-down menu.

You can also select all by pressing ⌘ Command+A instead.

If you don’t want to select every file, hold ⇧ Shift and select only the files you want to restore.

4. Click File. It’s in the menu bar at the top of your Mac’s screen. This opens a drop-down menu.

5. To go back to the previous screen, click Put Back. Upon completion, all of the selected files in the trash will be restored to their original locations. Once the trash has been emptied, it is not possible to recover the files.

You can right-click on an item and choose “Put Back” to return all of the selected items to their original locations in the trash. With a trackpad or Magic Mouse, you can right-click by performing a normal click with two fingers on the mouse.

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