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trash can

In the Mac, a simulated waste basket that is used to delete files and folders. The trash can keeps the files intact in case the user wants to restore them but can be "emptied" to save disk space. The Windows equivalent is the recycle bin.

Drag and Drop
The icon of a file or folder is dragged to the trash can and released. In the Mac, the trash can is also used to eject removable media by dragging disk icons onto it. See recycle bin.




Very Realistic
With Mac OS X, the icon turned into a pretty clear image of a trash can.






recycle bin

(1) See e-cycling.

(2) Starting with Windows 95, a simulated garbage can used for deleting files and folders. The recycle bin keeps the files intact in case the user wants to restore them, but can be "emptied" from time to time to save disk space.

Drag and Drop
The icon of a file or folder is dragged to the recycle bin and released. Microsoft introduced the recycle bin as a humorous attempt at being politically correct for the 1990s instead of the trash can metaphor used in the Macintosh. See trash can.



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