Where is Trash Bin on Mac

Last Updated on July 25, 2022 by Jason Ben


Originally the Trash bin is on the right of the dock where you won’t miss it. It looks like this:

It is an icon look like a garbage can. You will find it. It might vary between versions of macOS, so open your eyes and stare on the screen.

To view trash on mac, you need to open Trash on Finder, you can click Go on the top menu bar and then Go to Folder. On the Go to Folder window, enter ~/.Trash and press Return. That is it.

What if you just can’t find the Trash Bin icon? Well substantially the Trash Bin can not be removed from the dock. But if it indeed vanishes from the dock, you can restore it easily. Below are some methods that may help you restore your Trash Bin; you can try them out one by one until you fix it back.

Method 1. Reboot your Mac to Find Trash Bin

Since the missing Trash Bin can result from uncomplete dock components.
Restart macOS

Method 2. Reset macOS Dock settings:

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Step 1. Open Terminal.

Step 2. Enter rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist, and press Enter.

Terminal Reset Mac Dock Preferences
Step 3. Log out of your account and log in afterward.

Method 3. Add Trash Bin folder to Desktop

By this means, we will lead you to create a shortcut link on the desktop.

Step 1. Open Terminal.

Step 2. Type in ln -s ~/.Trash ~/Desktop/Trash, and press Enter.

Terminal Add Trash shortcut link to Desktop

Step 3. There is a new folder named Trash on your desktop, you can open Trash Bin by opening it, and you can also delete files by dragging them into the folder.

Note: The folder emerges as a normal folder since it was just assigned with a normal icon layout. You can open the Get Info box and drag a new Trash icon onto the current folder icon.

Method 4. Add Trash Bin Folder to the Finder Sidebar List

Step 1. Set finder window view to column view - the third one with 3 columns.

Set Finder View to Column Layout

Step 2. Click Go on the top menu bar and then Go to Folder. On the Go to Folder prompt, enter ~/.Trash and press Return. Finder windows of the Trash path will appear with the Trash folder selected.

Go to Folder window

Step 3. Go to File -> Add to Sidebar menu item or simple press Command + T. you will have the Trash folder listed in the Finder Sidebar menu list. To designate a new icon to the Trash folder, you can open the folder Get Info box and drag an icon to the current Trash icon.

Mac Menu Bar File > Add to Sidebar

How to Empty Trash Bin on macOS

When moving a file to trash, you are not deleting the file on your Mac, you just mark the file as trash on your macOS, which means you can still restore the file from the trash, just like you get things back for a real trash can. To truly delete files on Trash, you should empty your trash, click and hold, or right-click on the trashcan icon and click on Empty Trash. Then all the files in the Trash will be removed from your mac.

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How to Restore files from Trash on Mac

If the files are still in the Trash folder you just need to drag the file out of the bin directly. If the file is deleted permanently you will need to utilize Time Machine to recover files that were deleted.

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How to Recover deleted items in Mac Trash Bin

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FAQs

1How do I add Recycle Bin to taskbar?
Follow the few steps below;
  1. Right-click on the recycle bin icon
  2. Then select "Show more" options from the menu. Click the "Pin to taskbar" in the following menu.
Now your recycle bin is added to your taskbar.
2How do you delete files and make them unrecoverable?
To make files unrecoverable, use a utility that can delete and overwrite the space on the drive at the same time. This shredding process overwrites the files to make them unrecoverable.

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