The Trash Bin Folder

As with other advanced graphical environments, KDE provides a Trash bin where you can drag file icons when you don't want the file any longer. Files are stored in the Trash subdirectory until you empty the Trash bin, using a desktop menu. At that time, the items are deleted from your Linux system.

The particular benefit of a Trash bin on a UNIX-based system is that deleting files is permanent. No Undelete feature is included as part of standard Linux or UNIX. The Trash bin lets you move unwanted files out of your way, but save them for a while in case you need to retrieve them.

You can place files in the Trash bin by dragging them from other file browsing windows and dropping them on the Trash icon on the KDE Desktop. Details of this are provided in Hour 9, "Managing Files in KDE."

As with the Autostart folder, you can view the contents of the Trash folder (files that you have dragged and dropped in the Trash) by clicking on the Trash icon. This opens a window from which you can drag files back to your main file system areas if needed.

Also, as with the Templates and Autostart subdirectories, the Trash subdirectory includes a .directory file that includes properties and localized (multilingual) messages for this desktop item.

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