If I deleted files on my computer and they went to the trash, how can I send them back to the same folder that they came from?

On Windows, I can right-click the files and press restore.

Copying them to a location manually (e.g. via finder) is not a valid solution, since I don't know where they came from.

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I think you can just right-click the file and select "Put Back"

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  • I don't see that option. I'm on a standard user account (i.e. not administrator, if that makes any difference).
    – Senseful
    Commented Jan 28, 2011 at 21:33
  • philip do you use pathfinder or something else?
    – Am1rr3zA
    Commented Jan 28, 2011 at 21:34
  • @Am1 I just go to the Trash icon in the dock. @Senseful I am on Snow Leopard (10.6.6) I think it is a Snow Leopard only feature.
    – phwd
    Commented Jan 28, 2011 at 21:36
  • Oh sorry you are right.
    – Am1rr3zA
    Commented Jan 28, 2011 at 21:38
  • @Senseful I started doing some digging in the Trash, .DS_Store seems to retain information about recent files' previous locations (You will have to go in hex, I used Vim's %!xxd ), I am not sure how else to do it right now , when I reach home I will have to try on a older mac (Pre Snow-Leopard)
    – phwd
    Commented Jan 28, 2011 at 21:58

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