Where Is the Trash Folder on an iMac?

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The iMac, when running Mac OS X, stores deleted files in a trash folder. The trash folder has a shortcut on the Dock, but it can be difficult to find by exploring the file system.

Location

  • Mac OS X is built on top of the Unix operating system, and one of the traits of that OS is that it hides folders by giving them a name beginning with a period (.). One such folder is the trash folder, which is located in every user's home directory in the ".trash" folder.

Access from Terminal

  • The simplest way to access this folder, if the trash icon is missing from the Dock, is by opening the Terminal, which is located in the /Applications/Utilities folder. Once you've opened the Terminal, type the following:

    cd ~/.Trash/

    "cd" is the Unix command for "change directory" and the tilde (~) is a shortcut for the current user's home directory.

Removable Drives

  • External hard drives or flash drives may have hidden ".Trashes" folders on them as well to hold any data deleted from them.

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