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Mac Empty Trash Solutions

by Maverick on March 30, 2011

You can trash any file in Mac easily by just dragging the file to the Trash Bin icon. Usually, that’s all it takes to get rid of a file. However, this doesn’t work so smoothly with all files on Mac, as detailed in this article.

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Trashing A Locked Folder On Mac

If you’re sure that you don’t need the locked file anymore, and that the file is not being used currently by an application, you can trash it by performing the following tasks:

  1. Open the Finder Tool
  2. Open the Special menu in Finder
  3. Select the Empty Trash option
  4. Mac OS might warn you at this point that the file you’re planning to trash is locked, or contains locked items. At this point, you can either unlock the files, or open the Special menu and select Empty Trash while holding down the Option key,
  5. If your Trash Bin still does not empty, you can try restarting your Mac. Once your Mac restarts, try Step 4 again.

If this also doesn’t work and the Trash still doesn’t empty, try the following steps:

  1. Drag the folder or file from the Trash Bin to your desktop.
  2. Rename the folder; use the same name as a different folder on your disk.
  3. Open the folder on your disk that has the same name. Drag the contents of this folder to the renamed folder sitting on your desktop.
  4. Delete the now-empty folder from your disk.
  5. Move the desktop folder that you renamed to your disk, to replace the folder that you trashed.
  6. Empty your Trash Bin

Empty Trash Mac.

How do you empty trash Mac? It’s very different from the way you’d do it on a PC; on a PC, you just right click on the Recycle Bin and select Empty Trash.

On a Mac, it’s not that simple to empty trash. It can be frustrating, trying to discover how to empty the trash bin if you don’t know the process. To empty your trash bin:

  1. Locate the Trash Bin on your desktop. It’s usually located at the bottom of your screen, right on the toolbar.
  2. When you click the Trash Bin icon, you will see its contents displayed on your screen.
  3. Locate a screw-like icon at the top of the trash bin screen and open the drop-down menu next to it.
  4. You’ll see the Empty Trash option in the drop-down menu. Select this option.
  5. You’ll be prompted to confirm that you want to empty the trash permanently. Click OK to confirm.

You’ve now emptied your trash bin.

Secure Empty Trash Mac

If you don’t want any undelete software to recover the files that were in the trash bin, you can secure empty your trash. To do so:

  1. Open the Finder tool.
  2. Drag the files that you want to erase permanently to the Trash icon in the Dock.
  3. In the Finder tool, open the Finder menu, select the Secure Empty Trash option, and click Ok when prompted to confirm.

Author Bio: This article has been contributed by David Ritchie. David is a software developer and technical writer with over 10 years of professional experience. He is currently interested in detecting and avoiding Mac malware.

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jeremy young September 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm

you can also empty trash by right clicking on the icon and of course from the Finder menu (this is the traditional method in apple OS)

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