How to Access the Trash Folder on a Mac

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The Macintosh OS X operating system has a graphic interface that sits between the user and the complex operations that are in play. To access the Trash folder that is hidden (i.e., invisible) within the OS X operating system, use a function built into the desktop. The procedure uses a combination of the graphic interface and a command-line entry; it does not require the use of any added software. Accessing the trash folder will not compromise the operating system in any way.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click once on the desktop. Click on "Go" at the top of the screen. Select "Go to Folder" from the drop-down menu.

  2. 2

    Enter the following, minus the quotes and period, into the text field on the pop-up window that has appeared: "~/.Trash."

  3. 3

    Click the "Go" button on the window to bring up the Trash window on the screen.

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