Trading Computers: How To Recover A File In Your Computer’s Recycle Bin

Trading Computer Panic Lost File

Have you ever sent an email or a text with a horribly misspelled word? Or worse, your phone’s autocorrect created an embarrassing situation for you–a text sent with a completely wrong word?

A buddy of mine texted me last week. His text to me had a horrible autocorrect. I’ll admit we had a good laugh over it. But, it reminded me of that panicked feeling you get when you send a text or an important business email with an error, or delete something by accident on your trading computer.

I’ve learned to check and recheck before hitting send. A healthy amount of nervousness and pause has saved me a time or two from making a mistake.

Unfortunately, you can’t get a text or email back after you hit send. However, it is possible to recover an accidentally deleted file on your computer. This is good news, since sometimes we delete a file from our computer that was super important.

If this has ever happened to you, you know it can be a pain to figure out what to do. It’s actually super simple and easy, but in a panic you might forget this simple shortcut.panic button

In the video below, I’ll show you how to recover a file from your recycle bin on Windows 7. It works the same in other versions of Windows, but it might look just a little different.

How to Recover A Deleted Or Recycled File On Your Computer

Here are the steps: 

  1. Go to the upper left corner of your desktop and locate your recycle bin. This is the default location for the icon. If it’s not there, look around your desktop to find it.
  2. Double click the recycle bin icon to open it.
  3. In the new window that opens, locate the file you need to restore from the list of contents in the recycle bin.
  4. Click the file once to highlight it.
  5. Right click on the file. A grey contextual menu will appear.
  6. Select Restore in the grey menu.
  7. Your file will be returned to its previous location.

That’s how you can easily recover a file you accidentally moved into your recycle bin to delete. It’s not very often that you delete an important file. But when it does happen, you now know exactly what to do to avoid a panicked moment/trading distraction and fix the problem quickly.

There are more trading computer tips like this in our buyers guide. Check out our “How To Buy a Trading Computer” e-book.

We hope today’s Quick Tip helped you. If you found this helpful, you’ll want to check out the other computer how-to’s I’ve created on this page. You can always call us if you have questions: 800-387-5250