At the bottom of my screen there is the recycle bin. Is there someway to unpin it from there?

By the way, where is the recycle bin in Finder?


It's not possible to unpin the Trash, and it isn't readily available in Finder.

The Trash is aggregated from the files stored in a hidden .Trashes directory in the root directory of each mounted volume.

Because of that, you can't add it to Finder as a regular folder, because it just isn't. You could probably get a similar behavior by creating an AppleScript application:

Open AppleScript Editor, enter the following and save as application:

on open input
    repeat with i in input
        tell application "Finder" to move i to the trash
    end repeat
end open

on run
    tell application "Finder" to open trash
end run

Add to the Finder's sidebar. It'll show the Trash when simply clicked, and move all items dropped onto it to the Trash.

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    Wouldn't open trash suffice for that on run part? – Lri May 2 '11 at 21:05

It is possible to remove the trash can from the dock. Although it sounds like it's not a good idea if the machine has non-privileged users (ie, users who are NOT Administrators).

Link to Mac OSX Hints

EDIT: Be careful. Following this hint may not be the best idea.

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  • hints.macworld is TL;DR — you could've summarized the post instead. In any case, that hint involves editing /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources/DockMenus.plist to add a Remove from Dock context menu item for Finder (or Trash). However the icons will be restored when Finder is reopened. – Lri May 2 '11 at 21:21
  • I did this on 10.6.7 and my Dock didn't start anymore afterwards — that's why it's not in my post. Anyone else tested it? – Daniel Beck May 3 '11 at 5:12

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