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Tech Tip for Writers #23: I Deleted a File By Accident

Tech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q: I deleted a file! I need it back! What do I do?

A. Here’s what you do:

  • find the recycle bin on your desktop
  • right-click on it and select ‘restore’

If it’s there, restore it. It’ll end up back where it was before you deleted it.

If you deleted it from your flash drive, it’s gone. There are programs for undeleting from external drives, but they cost money. I’ll cover those later.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.


2 thoughts on “Tech Tip for Writers #23: I Deleted a File By Accident

  1. I’m a devil for accidentally deleting my documents. Usually only when I’m working against the clock for deadlines so am feeling hurried. Always a relief to find something in the recycle bin, although on occasions I’ve encountered the file that seems to be lost in the ethernet somewhere, never to be retrieved again. That happened to me a couple of months ago. No idea where the thing went! Thankfully I only lost about 30 minutes work, but it was still distressing!


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