If you click on it, it will bring up a window in the finder that shows a listing of all the files you have in the Trash Can. If you change your mind about one of the files, you can simply drag the file out of the trash and to somewhere else on your hard drive. Knowing how the file system works, as well as the process of deleting files in the trash, can greatly improve the way you use your Mac.
It will lead to less lost data, as well as more security for sensitive data.
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