Do you want to find the most recently deleted files on your Mac? Want to know which files have been deleted in the recent past? This guide will show you how to view and recover recently deleted files on a Mac.
The Finder in macOS, by default, moves all deleted files to the Bin. So, the Bin contains all deleted files and folders.
Using Bin, we can easily find recently deleted files and folders. This is very similar to how the Recycle Bin functions in the Windows operating system.
View recently deleted files in macOS
Follow the directions given below to view and recover recently deleted files and folders on Mac.
Step 1: Open the Bin. The Bin can be accessed either by clicking on its icon on the dock or using the search.
Step 2: In the Bin, click on the group icon and then select the As list option to arrange all files and folders in a list.
Step 3: Finally, click on the view icon (refer to the picture below) and then select the Date added option to arrange the deleted files and folders by date.
As you can see in the picture below, the Finder also shows the deletion date and time next to all files/folders.
Step 4: To recover or restore a file or folder to the original location, right-click on the file/folder and then click the Put back option.
Likewise, to delete a file/folder from the Bin, right-click on the file/folder and then click the Delete Immediately option.
To empty the Bin by permanently deleting all files and folders, right-click on a file/folder and then click the Empty Bin option.
Tip: With default settings, macOS does not automatically delete files and folders from the Bin. However, you can configure it automatically delete all files and folders older than 30 days.
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