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First Look – ‘Trash’ for Chromebook Files App

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Files, the built-in file management app for Chrome OS, now has a trash folder. This is currently available in the Canary channel. Here is your first look.

The long awaited recycle bin

We started seeing mentions of a trash folder in the Chromium code a few months ago. A flag for this feature showed up in the Canary channel a few weeks ago.

It took some time, but the trash folder is finally here. Here is how it looks like:

Chromebook trash folder
Chromebook trash folder

The Trash folder sits within the My files directory, alongside Downloads and Play files.

Any file or folder that you delete is automatically added to the Trash folder. But wait. We already know how recycle bin works on other computers. Sorry, I forgot about that.

It might take a while for the Trash folder to reach the Stable channel. However, I hope they add an option to restore files from trash before the launch.

So, that’s that. A trash folder that we should have had ages ago.

Thoughts? Comments?


7 responses to “First Look – ‘Trash’ for Chromebook Files App”

  1. Amy C King Avatar
    Amy C King

    why don’t I have this trash file on my Chromebook?

    1. This feature is still in development. You should see this on your Chromebook in the coming months.

    2. This feature is still in development. You should see this on your Chromebook in the coming months.

  2. Sanjay Syam Avatar
    Sanjay Syam

    Great news. Files by Google 1.0.345 is also expected to add a Trash folder for restoring deleted files on Android.

    Parity across both platforms.

  3. Ok, but how do you empty the trash?

  4. WEHRENBERG1612 Avatar
    WEHRENBERG1612

    Thank you!!1

  5. Dave Anderson Avatar
    Dave Anderson

    did this trash folder ever happen and is it on chromebook because I can’t find it.


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