Is there a keyboard shortcut for the Trash? I know how to create one, but I want to know if there's a built-in shortcut. To clarify, this is to show the Trash, not to empty it.

  • The solution by MrDaniel does work for me, but without checking "Run Only" option and in the simple script format. Otherwise, every time I hit the shortcut (I use BetterTouchTool for that), I get the dialog window "Hit Enter to run this script". Also one major drawback is that the shortcut works only in Finder, it's not global for some reason. – certainlyakey Nov 22 '12 at 23:10

If you are using a Spotlight or a program such as Quicksilver that allows you configure keyboard shortcuts to perform actions. Here is a solution, create an AppleScript run only Application that will open the trash can for you. Its not a built in command but is should fit the bill nicely and you can do it all with built it tools.

  1. Open AppleScript Editor

  2. Open a new script editor window if one did not already open.

  3. Enter the follow in to the blank editor window

    tell application "Finder"
        open trash    
    end tell
  4. Test the script, press Run, trash should open.

  5. Save the Script with the name "OpenTrash" make sure to select "File Format:" Application and check the "Run Only" option.

  6. Open the newly saved OpenTrash Application, trash can contents should open in the Finder.

Introduce it to your favorite program launcher, and set up keyboard shortcuts etc. Also note that spotlight should index it as well and you can use that to open the Trash can now too.

+ space and then search for "Tr"... Then press enter once "OpenTrash" is highlighted.

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According to Apple there is no native shortcut to open Trash.

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    That page is missing some shortcuts, and it doesn't specifically say that there's no shortcut for opening the trash. – Lri Nov 23 '12 at 8:43

A very poor man's solution would be to just use Shift-Cmd-G in Finder to open ~/.Trash.

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    I hate touching my trackpad if I can avoid it, but I'm not about to type eleven characters just to avoid clicking on the dock. – Michael Dorst Oct 10 '14 at 19:06

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