Delete File From Trash in OS X

Is it really not possible to delete a file from the trash in Mac OS X, aside from the "Empty Trash" action which deletes ALL its files?

Posted by Anthony on 4 replies


01. Aug 31, 2007 at 11:27am by Kev:

Yes, I think that’s correct. With my limited experience on my wife’s iMac, I remembered thinking along the same lines as your post.

A more-trouble-than-it’s-worth work-around would be to move everything that you do not want to permanently delete out of the Trash to a regular temporary folder, empty the Trash, then move those files from the temp folder back in.

Alternatively, you may be able to do it from the command-line in the Terminal application.

Good luck!

02. Aug 31, 2007 at 09:34pm by Anthony:

Yeah, I ended up using the terminal.  It just makes no sense for there not to be a way to do it through the GUI.

03. Aug 1, 2009 at 03:27pm by Charles:

I accidently deleted The trash folder from my cmputer and do not know how to restore it back to my cmputer. Can you explain what I shoud do please?

04. Aug 2, 2009 at 09:38pm by Anthony:

I’m pretty sure it’s not possible to delete the trash folder from your computer.  And you’re using Windows Vista, not Mac OS X, so it’s not really relevant to this thread anyway.

But as a guess, I’d say you probably just disabled the "show trash can on desktop" feature, and you can probably still see the trash can (or rather, the recycle bin) in the My Computer / Windows Explorer program.

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