Chromebooks Now Have a Trash Folder

The trash folder (or recycle bin) has been a staple of desktop computing for decades, as a place for deleted files to stay before they are truly gone forever. It took a while, but Chromebooks now have a trash folder of their own.

Related: What’s New in Chrome 108, Available Now

Google started rolling out Chrome 108 last week, and now the accompanying Chrome OS update for Chromebooks has arrived. It adds the ability to scan multi-page documents in the Camera app, new wallpapers for Native American History Month, a much-improved experience for connecting to captive Wi-Fi networks, and a better virtual keyboard.

Chrome OS 108 also adds a trash folder to the Files app, which has been in various stages of testing since at least October 2020. Google said in its announcement, “deleted files will now go to the Trash, and you’ll have 30 days to change your mind before they’re permanently deleted.” In other words, the trash on Chromebooks is more like the trash folder on Gmail than other desktop operating systems. By default, Windows and macOS don’t automatically clear the trash.

The update is rolling out now to all supported Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and other devices running Chrome OS — including regular PCs running Chrome OS Flex.

Source: Google Support

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