How to recover deleted files from the trash

You need to recover deleted files from the trash … but you do not know how? Do not worry, if you’re just starting out in computer science, or if you’ve never had the need to recover data from the wastebasket, let us tell you that it’s a simple and quick process first of all.



To recover a deleted file from the trash,  we must first take into account the way in which you have deleted it, and also no less important, the current configuration that you have in your recycling bin.

Did you delete the files permanently, or temporarily? If you do not know the answer to this question, you may want to go to the quick solution first of all, which is nothing more and nothing less than to restore the recycling bin. Recovering deleted files back from your trash can to the PC is not a difficult task, in fact, it is the simplest thing in the world.

Restore the recycling bin

What we are going to do to recover a deleted file from the recycle bin will be to first look for the trash can in our system, we may have it in Windows, Mac or Linux.

  • In the search bar of your PC type: paper
  • That should be enough to find the location of the wastebasket.
  • In some cases, it is also directly with an icon on our desktop.
  • Once we have found the icon of the recycling bin, we double-click on it.

Now that the trash is already open, a list of deleted files will appear to recover. Now it only remains that you look carefully and select the files you want to recover.

How do I recover data from the recycle bin?

Follow these steps:

  • Click on the file to select it.
  • Right-click, and then click on ‘Restore’ or ‘Restore this element’.

In a few seconds, your file should disappear from the list of the trash and will return to its original location, ie the directory or folder where it was originally deleted.

Can not find the file in the recycle bin?

This can be a moment of panic where a cold sweat runs down your face, suddenly you feel nervous, and you think you lost everything because the file is not in the recycling bin.

What does it mean if the files are not in the trash? Have I lost my data forever when they are not in the trash?

First, calm down, the answer is: no, you have not lost your files yet … you have to try to recover them as soon as possible and step by step.

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To recover files that were permanently deleted, what you should do is use programs to recover data in Windows, although if you are using Mac you can also use applications to recover deleted files on Mac.

These are programs called Data Recovery Tools and have ways to recover files that were deleted from your trash, do not panic, start using them and you can recover your data. That is, do it quickly, because the more time passes, the more chances there are that you will lose them.

You can read more about all the topics related to the restoration of data and so on from the source article that we wrote a while ago:  How can I recover deleted files.

And if you have any questions or doubts about the restoration of files, let us know and we will gladly give you the best tips to recover data from your computer.

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The author is an expert on occupational training and a prolific writer who writes extensively on Business, technology, and education. He can be contacted for professional advice in matters related with occupation and training on his blog Communal Business and Your Business Magazine.