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Windows user here. How am I supposed to recover file without using a command line? I run Mac OS X 10.8.5


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It is grayed out because to original location does not longer exist. –  Buscar 웃 Sep 21 '13 at 8:22
Why do you fear the command line? –  AJMansfield Sep 21 '13 at 19:40
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Unfortunately there is no simple restore to original place.
What you do is copy the file from trash(Copy is on the pop up menu you show) and then navigate in Finder to where you want it to go and then paste it. If you have two Finder windows open you can drag and drop the file from Trash to where you want it.

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I always thought that MacOSX had a Restore Option for individual files. The screenshot shows how to "undelete" a file. It will be moved back to its original location.

Put Back Trash

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How do you get that option on the menu? –  Mark Sep 21 '13 at 8:02
I have this menu item on the very top, but it is greyed –  Overdose Sep 21 '13 at 8:11
@Mark I didn't do anything special. I simply put a file into the trash. –  Chrisii Sep 21 '13 at 9:01
It will not be there if the original location does not exist anymore. –  Matteo Sep 21 '13 at 9:22
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Option 1

  1. With the item still in the Trash, right-click on it with your mouse and select Put Back. This will restore the item to where it was before you deleted it.

Note: If the original location no longer exists, then this will be greyed out!

put back item from Trash OS X

Option 2

  1. Right-click the item in the Trash and select "Copy muCommander"

    copy item in Trash OS X

  2. Once the item is copied, navigate in Finder to where you want to put it, and right-click in the background of the folder or your Desktop and select Paste Item.

    paste item in OS X

Using Keyboard

Keyboard commands for OS X are:

Copy Command ⌘+C
Paste Command ⌘+V

The Cut command is a little bit of a bitch when it comes to files. Don't rely on it

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