I can't find my Trash folder on my Mac — it isn't on my Dock and I really don't know where to find it. I'm new to OS X. Does anyone know where I can find my Trash? I can put items in my Trash, but I want to empty some files not all of the files that are in there.

  • Bottom right corner of your screen, on the doc bar?
    – Ruskes
    Mar 1, 2014 at 12:14
  • That's the problem I don't see it there!
    – Bas
    Mar 1, 2014 at 12:15

2 Answers 2


You shouldn't be able to delete the Trash folder from your Dock. To put it back, reset your Dock settings:

  1. Open Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app)

  2. Run the following command to delete the Dock preferences file:

    rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist
  3. Log out and back in.


I think you should first use killall Dock using Terminal.

This will reset your dock. If this doesn't work then you should download a 3rd party application such as DragThing.

Then logout and log back in, and start using DragThing.

If you need more help you can go on these websites : http://mac.bigresource.com/OS-X-Leopard-System-and-Trash-icons-gone-from-dock--t9R58eDJO.html


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