In Snow-Leopard: Is it possible to search in the Trash, and sort deleted files by date of deletion?


If you open up your trashcan into a Finder window. Then right click on empty space in that window go to "arrange by" and then down to date added. This is at least true in Lion I don't know what you are running or if it is true with other versions. Good luck!

  • Nope, it's not there in Snow Leopard. I guess they fixed it in Lion. – Petruza Dec 27 '11 at 22:18
  • Oh, sorry. I can't help if it isn't in Lion. All I can do is recommend the Apple support pages. Most are really nice and through. – cbbcbail Dec 27 '11 at 22:53
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    That just sorts items by name on my 10.7.2. (If I choose to display the Date Added column, it's empty for all items). – Lri Dec 28 '11 at 2:15
  • hmmm very strange it works on my 10.7.1 iMac. Are you sure your choosing the correct options? – cbbcbail Dec 28 '11 at 2:22
  • Same here. All entries for date added contain --. – gentmatt Dec 29 '11 at 12:53

You can use terminal to browse to the trash directory for your user

cd ~/.Trash/

then you can use

ls -la

to see all the files and you can search also using grep.


to see in date order try

ls -lt
  • I tried this and unfortunately it doesn't seem to order the files by date deleted. In fact they seem to be listed in alphabetical order. – Nate Nov 15 '12 at 18:33

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