Restoring a Deleted File

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 24, 2013)

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When you delete files from Drive, they are moved to the special Trash folder. At some point you might delete a file by mistake or you might have second thoughts about something you deleted a few days or weeks ago. This is where the Trash folder comes in handy—as long as you haven't permanently deleted the file, you can locate it in the Trash folder and restore it to regular Drive duty.

To restore a previously deleted folder, follow these steps:

  1. If it is available, click the More option at the left side of the screen. Drive displays a number of additional options.
  2. Click Trash. Drive displays all the files in the Trash folder.
  3. Select the checkbox to the left of all the files you want to restore. (The files should be listed in the Trash folder in alphabetic order.)
  4. Click the Restore button. (This button appears only after you perform step 3.) The files are immediately restored to the folders they were in before being deleted.

Once you've restored a file, it can be used just as you would have used it before it was deleted.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2014-10-07 18:37:59

ivan

wh
ere is the trash folder? there is no more options on left side ,how to find it TY