How To: Return Trashed Files to Their Original Location on Your Mac

Posted in How To, Mac on 31/03/2017 by Chris Hauk

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OK, I don’t need this file any longer, so I’ll just drag it down to the Trash in my Dock. Keeps my Mac a bit cleaner, don’t ya know! Whoops! I actually need that file! Now what?

Has this happened to you? Well, don’t worry your pretty little head, Bill. As long as you haven’t already emptied the Trash, (or 30 days haven’t passed since you trashed the file), there’s an easy way to restore that file back to its original folder!

How To: Return Trashed Files to Their Original Location on Your Mac

Just click on the Trash icon down in your Mac’s Dock to open a Finder window that will display the trashed files still on your hard drive.

Select the file or folder you wish to bring back to life, then right-click (Control-click) on the item. A drop down menu will appear. Click “Put Back.”

How To: Return Trashed Files to Their Original Location on Your Mac

The file will be put back into the folder it was deleted from, and a new Finder window will open, displaying the file in the window’s directory. You can now empty the Trash without worrying about permanently deleting the file.

If you’re into keyboard shortcut combos, you can also restore an item from the Trash by highlighting the trashed file or folder and pressing the keyboard shortcut Command + Delete.

There is one more way you can Put Back an item from the trash, and that is to select the file or folder in the Trash and then go to “File” -> “Put Back” from the Menu Bar as shown below:

How To: Return Trashed Files to Their Original Location on Your Mac

Using this helpful hint, you can bring files back from the dead. Use your powers wisely. With a great how-to comes great responsibility.

For more tips and tricks on how to make better use of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How To” section of our website.


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Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described “magnificent bastard,” Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone’s favorite “bad movie” website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.