Something unthinkable happened: you accidentally deleted the file, and it was a school essay you worked on for days. If you have not saved a backup of the document on your Chromebook, unfortunately there is nothing you can do to recover the file. With Windows, the Recycle Bin gives us a second chance To restore a file or folder that you deleted from the file manager, but with Chromebook, the files will be permanently deleted from your device. Google’s developers seem to sympathize with accidental deletions and are working to bring back recently deleted files.
As we recently saw on the Chrome OS Canary Channel, Google is working on bringing a new junk folder to your Chromebook, giving you a second chance to recover your accidentally deleted file from the file manager. If you would like to try out this feature, you can copy and paste it chrome: // flags / # file-garbage Go to the URL bar and activate it from the drop down menu. Then, if you launch the file manager and click “Show hidden files” in the overflow menu, you will see a new “.trash” folder in the navigation window.
A preview of the Junk feature in Chrome OS File Manager.
The concept of the waste feature is simple. When you delete an image from the file manager, Chrome OS will move it to the “Files” folder in the Trash. If I decide to restore the photo, I can easily cut and paste it into my documents. There is another folder called “Info” which stores information about the original location of the image and the timeline of the deletion.
Giving your file a chance to recover will be a big deal for many of us. A few years ago, I accidentally deleted a five-page essay. A few days of research analysis and work has come down to a few keystrokes. One could argue that I was careless, but if Chrome OS had given me a second chance to restore my document, I would not have complained and tried to remember the work I had already done. On the bright side, I learned a little more about the title and filled in some gaps that were not in my initial draft.
The Junk feature is still in its early stages of development and requires a lot of work before it can be ready for the Chrome OS stable channel. For example, all dialogs say that the file can be deleted instead of being moved to the Trash. There is no easy replacement button anywhere in the file manager, and I hope the junk data is integrated with “get info” so I do not have to browse the file. My biggest concern with activation is that there is no easy way to access the trash. Every time I open the file manager, it has to be hidden, which is annoying and hard to find for new users. To troubleshoot the usage problem, Google should always show the trash in the navigation window to access it quickly.
Despite the current issues, the Chrome OS Junk feature will definitely change how we manage files in our Chromebooks. Allowing files to be restored will prevent accidental deletion of important documents. Trash is a feature I’ve been waiting for a long time, and I’m glad Google recognizes the need to improve the file management experience.
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This story was originally published 2020/11/06 12:17 p.m.November 6, 2020 Last updated 2020/11/10 1:49...