how do you "drag" from trash?

naturelleFebruary 9, 2013

I deleted a file and I want to retrieve it. I get a message that says I have to drag the item from the trash. How do I do that? Step to step instructions would be appreciated.

Imac with Snow Leopard



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Click on the item you want, then click on "restore" at the top.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 1:57PM
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Not sure of the way it's done on Macs, but with Windows, right click on trash can, then Open, and either restore all items or if only one is needed, just drag it onto desktop and then send to wherever you want it.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 2:04PM
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Interesting, I've never considered dragging from the recycle bin. So I did a test and sure enough on my XP machine I could drag a file to the desktop.

Still, I think it better to highlight the item and click on "restore" as described in the first reply. This method will put the file back in the folder it was deleted from and, I think, take actions at the OS level if the item has a active function, say for example, if I delete program that was "installed" and I recover from the recycle bin by "restore" I think the program will again be ready to use. Not sure what happens if the file is dragged onto the desktop.

I watch and read so I too can learn...and soon forget : (

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 4:20PM
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Good thing about that Jerry is you keep on learning new

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 4:45PM
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Learning is why I read here. I was surprised that problems can be solved in different ways. Buying a PC and learning to use it is the best thing I have ever done for myself. Now if I could just remember what I learned. (:-((

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 5:51PM
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Interesting question. It appears you have a couple of options depending on where the file came from. Based on what I have in my Trash Can at the moment:

Ordinary File - right click and choose "put back" or click on the gear icon at the top of the screen and choose "put back". You can also drag the item to the desktop or one the places in the left pane of the window.

I also happen to have a video "Podcast" (from iTunes) in my trash can at the moment. The is no "put back" option but I can drag the file to the desktop or one of the places in the left pane of the window.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 11:26PM
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Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado

Imac Snow Leopard here too! All you have to do is open the trash folder and then left click on the item you want back and you can drag it to your desktop or you can open the folder you deleted it out of and drag it right back into that folder. As long as it's in the trash you won't be able to open it, but you CAN open it from either your desktop or another folder.

I never heard of dragging things until I got my Mac, and now that I'm used to it I LOVE it, it's SO much quicker than right clicking things and then finding the right thing to click from the menu!


    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 12:55PM
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