These are the secrets hidden in your Mac's trash in macOS Sonoma

If you are a Mac user, you surely know the function of the trash. Despite its classic appearance, few know that this tool can be even more useful than it seems. In this article, we're going to take a look at some interesting ways to improve trash management on Mac.

Managing the files in the trash and knowing some tricks and keyboard shortcuts to improve its functionality can be great for keeping our Mac well organized and preventing unnecessary storage from accumulating in the trash.

Ways to better use your Mac's Trash

Delete files faster

Surely some of the times you have deleted files from the trash, the system has asked you if “are you sure” when you try to empty them. The solution is simple and to do this we have to access the configuration of the finderthe application that controls many aspects of your file system.

  • Open in Finder.
  • In the menu bar, select Finder, and then choose Settings.
  • In the Finder Settings section, tap on the “Advanced” option.
  • Uncheck the box next to “Show warning before emptying Trash.”

Now you can permanently delete files without having to deal with annoying confirmation confirmations. This simple tweak to your Mac's trash settings can save you time.

Automate file deletion

It's easy to let the trash get overfilled. The Trash on your Mac has no capacity limit, and this can cause the storage space to fill up quickly. Luckily, you can set your Mac to automatically delete old files from the Trash after a set period of time.

This feature is most useful for those files that you might forget to delete manually or for those that need to stay in the trash only for a while. To activate this feature, simply check the box that says “Delete items from the trash after 30 days«, in the Advanced tab of Finder Settings.

Trash on Mac delete files in 30 days

How to recover files from the trash deleted by mistake?

It has happened to all of us at some point that we accidentally deleted a file that we needed or that we had put in the trash ahead of time. Don't worry, luckily recovering these files is easier than you think.

  • Open the trash on your Mac.
  • Right click on the file you want to recover or select multiple files if necessary.
  • Then, select the “Remove from Trash” option.

Once you click “Remove from Trash”, your selected files will be returned to their original location. Plus, the source folder will automatically open in a new Finder window, saving you the hassle of manually searching for and moving files on your Mac.

Safely Empty Trash Mac

Keyboard shortcuts related to trash management on Mac

For those who prefer to work faster with the keyboard, there are shortcuts that make it easy to both delete and recover files. You can delete a selected item by pressing COMMAND + DELETE. The delete keyboard is the key that we normally use to delete a letter when we are typing with the keyboard and we have made a mistake.

Then, if you want to recover a file from the trash, open it and select the desired file, and press “COMMAND + DELETE” again. This will return it to its original location without needing to click any more buttons.

The Mac trash cans can be configured in a variety of ways that will be great for making your file management experience more efficient and less complicated.