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Joomla 2.5 Tutorial – Where is the Trash Manager?

Joomla 2.5 Tutorial –  In Joomla 2.5 the Trash Manager is very well hidden, but it’s also very easy to find.   If you delete an Article, Category, Module, Banner, Contact or anything, you often wonder where did that go? How do I purge those elements from my trash?  Below I will show you where your Trash Manager is and how to purge elements out of your trash.  Below is an example of how to purge articles from the Article Viewer, but the same logic applies to categories, modules, banners, contacts etc.

Overview of how to Find and Purge your Trashed items:

Joomla 2.5 - Click on Article Manager
1. Joomla 2.5 - Click on Article Manager

1.  Go to your Article Manager

Article Manager is where all your articles are stored.  You can use the Article Manager options to choose how you want your Articles to display on your website.

  • Login to your Joomla 2.5 Administrator
  • Click on ‘Content’, ‘Article Manager’
Joomla 2.5 - Select Status=Trashed
2. Joomla 2.5 - Select Status = Trashed

2.  Change the Status in your Article Manager

You already deleted a number of articles and now you want to view them in your Trash Manager.  All you have to do is change the status to ‘Trashed’.  Simple right?

  • Click on the ‘ Select Status’ and changed to ‘Trashed

3.  Select Articles to Purge in the Trash Manager

Joomla 2.5 - Select Articles to be Trashed - Click Empty Trash
2. Joomla 2.5 - Select Articles to be Trashed - Click Empty Trash
  • Use the checkbox to select the articles you want to purge from your site
  • Click on the ‘Empty Trash‘ button on the top right
  • You will see a confirmation message saying:

2 articles deleted.

Joomla 2.5 - Trashed Items Purged Successfully
Joomla 2.5 - Trashed Items Purged Successfully

That’s it.  The same logic applies to find the Trash Manager for your categories, Modules, Contacts and other elements you have on your Joomla 2.5 website.



  1. L. Arnold

    How to do this for Modules? Module Manager will show you Trashed Modules if you select that type but it gives you no opportunity to delete them.

    This Captcha system needs to keep your text. I am on version 3 of my comment and the details are getting shorter and shorter. I just “copied” to be safe at least.

    1. Elaine

      Hi L. Arnold,
      First, Sorry about the Captcha. I’m currently trying to find another one that would be more easy to read.
      Second, I created a post for you to find the Module Manager Trash Manager. Step 4 shows you how to purge the trash manager. The post is here.

      Let me know if you still have questions.
      Thanks for your visit,

  2. RicZorn

    A free extension allows you to view and empty the Joomla Recycle Bin with 1 click: (contents, menu items, categories and 8 more) search for “Recycle bin” on the Joomla Extension Directory.

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