Mac convert tip #1: sort the trash by date

If I want to recover a file from the trash, I usually know pretty soon after it’s been deleted. Windows made it easy to sort the Recycle Bin by delete date. You can do this on the Mac too, but it’s not quite as obvious on OSX.

Here’s how to sort the Trash with the most recently deleted files at the top.

  1. Open the Trash.
  2. Select View, Show View Options or press ⌘+J.
  3. Select Date Added to display the Date Added column.
  4. Click the Date Added column heading in the Trash window to sort in reverse date order.

Sort the Trash by Date Added to easily locate recently deleted files

The most recently deleted file will now appear at the top of the list making recently deleted files easier to locate.

Next: tip #2 — install a window manager

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