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Recycle & Restore

Moving a file to the recycle bin effectively removes the content from being accessible for use. When a file is moved to the recycle bin, derivatives on the production server or any publish targets are subsequently permanently deleted. If content is restored from the recycle bin, it must be republished to make the content available on the web site again.

Moving a File to the Recycle Bin

  1. From the Content > Pages view, hover over the menu bar for a file and from the File menu choose Move to Recycle Bin.
  2. Alternatively, one or more files can be selected by clicking the adjacent checkbox, and Move to Recycle Bin is made available.
    Move to Recycle Bin
  3. The resulting dialog warns that the selected file and any derivatives on production will be deleted. Also, if the content to be deleted is linked to from another page, then a warning is provided about the broken link and the page it will be on is noted.
    Recycle Bin Dialog Box
    Likewise, a file can also be solely deleted from the production server or other publish target by navigating to the Production button or selecting a publish target, and deleting it. The recycle bin functionality does not extend to these servers. Once a file is deleted from the production server or publish target, it cannot be restored. It can be re-published from the main file on the staging server with any routine form of publishing, such as publish, site publish, directory publish, or scheduled publish.
  4. Click Move to Recycle Bin. The files are moved to the trash.

MultiFile Recycle

Multiple files can be recycled with the same action by selecting the the checkbox in the header row of a list or each checkbox adjacent to the file name and clicking Move to Recycle Bin. Note that when performing a multi-object selection that includes directories, only Delete is available as directories cannot be recycled. Using a multifile section can be useful to simulate a directory recycle, as in this manner, all files within a directory can be selected for moving to the recycle bin, which will then allow the files to be restored, if necessary.

Note when selecting multiple files and a page or file checked out to another user or that has been scheduled for an action by another is included in the selection, Move to Recycle Bin is not available as it is not possible to recycle those pages.

The resulting dialog enumerates how many files will be moved to the trash and warns that derivative files on production will be deleted.


Directories cannot be recycled on staging or on a production server. Directories that are deleted are permanently deleted. The multiple file recycle function can be used to simulate a directory recycle. Select all files within a directory with the checkbox located above the view of the folder structure and click the recycle bin icon in the same area to recycle the files. Then the directory can be deleted. Recycling files within a directory in this method allows the files to be individually restored if needed.

To delete the directory from the Content > Pages view, hover over the menu bar for the directory and from the File menu choose Delete.  NOTE:  Only Level 9 and 10 administrators can delete directories.

Alternatively, a directory can be selected by clicking the adjacent checkbox, and Delete is made available.

Restoring Files from the Recycle Bin

Restoring a file from the recycle bin can be done by simply going to Content>>Recycle Bin, hovering beside the file that you wish to restore, and choosing Restore.  Multiple files can be restored by checking the checkbox beside each file and then selecting Restore on the top banner.

  1. Navigate to the Recycle Bin.
    Recycle Bin
  2. Select File(s) to restore.
    File Restore Selection
  3. Select Restore from the dialog box.
    Restore File Dialog Box

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