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Empty trash trash not working!!  after click empty: the massage is: you cannot undo this action.

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Try closing all programs first, then go to trash can and hold "ctrl" and left click. Then click empty trash, this should let you can everything unless you are trying to trash an application that is still running. To find out if you are hold "apple, FN, ESC" it will bring up task manager.

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What is mac error code-8003

If you are a Mac user then I know you have experienced this. You've been deleting files and your Trash Can is showing that there are items in it. You try to empty the trash and all of a sudden an error window appears. It probably looks something like this.
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Easy way to empty trash on a Mac when it tells your files are in use.

Ever try to empty your trash on your Mac and the system gives you an error telling you that a file in the trash can is in use and it will not allow you to get rid of it no matter what you try? Well, here's a little trick to help you get around this.

1. Open up terminal and type "sudo nano .bash_profile" and input your administrator password. This will allow you to view and edit this text file. We are going to use this to create an alias.

2. Click inside the terminal window to take control of an active cursor and use your arrow keys to move around. Type alias emptytrash='rm -rf ~/.Trash/*' into the window. Be sure to type the command exactly as shown otherwise you may end up deleting something you didn't intend to.

4. Press the "Control" key plus the "O" key to write the text out to the file and press enter to accept the default file name.

5. Press the "Control" key plus the "X" key to exit.

6. Close the terminal window.

Now any time you run into the issue of being unable to empty your trash due to stuck files, you can just open up terminal and type "emptytrash" and hit enter. Doing so will automatically run the 'rm -rf ~/.Trash/*' command and clean out your trash can for you, regardless of what is in there.

A video tutorial can be found here at the bottom of this tip.
I hope this helps!

on Jun 28, 2011 | Mac Desktops


How to Securely Delete Trash In Mac OSx

As you may or may not realize, when you delete something off your hard drive, it doesn't actually get physically removed from the disk. All references to it are gone, but it stays there until something else is written over it. For private documents this is a bad situation because someone with special software can recover supposedly deleted files. To prevent this, you can use the "Secure Empty Trash" option which is in the Finder menu. This will take longer than the normal trash emptying, because your computer is actually writing nonsense data over the top of your deleted files. To access this, simply open Finder and look on the top left and click Finder. From the dialog box that comes up, choose "Secure EmptyTrash". Now the data will be overwritten and will be unrecoverable. I made a video showing how this is done if you need to see it. Click the link to see the video.

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Sold computer need to clean hard drive How do I do it

Lynette, if data on hard drive is useless, erase it. If you have useful info and can use that drive in a newly replaced computer then only take the trouble to replace it because it is costly and time consuming. If the info is of no use to the buyer and can do no harm to you, let it stay. The buyer will delete.

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How to delete files on a mac

You can either single click on the file and drag it to the trash can located on your dock or single click on the file then go to the file menu and select Move to Trash or single click on the file and click on the cmd key and the delete key at the same time. Once they are in the trash to get rid of them totally go to the finder menu and slect either empty trash or secure empty trash (this one totally purges the file and it will not be able to be recovered. Hope this helps.

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How do i empty my trash on a mac

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Need to unlock obsolete document to throw it away (iMac).

Put the file into the trash as normal then..Hold down the Option key (Alt key) and select empty trash while holding it down. You won't get any warning but the trash will empty and your file will be gone.

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How to delete one picture at a time from my photo album on my iMack

Click on the picture and press Command+Backspace. The photo will be put into the iPhoto trash, that you can empty by simply right clicking on it and then select "Empty Trash"

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Trash won't empty. finder missing delete screw. i'm not sure i can. learned computer 2 years ago at age 73, on windowsxp This eMac just about more then i can do. it's been overhauled and i got it. i...

click on the trash bin to view its contents. If is in there, right click (ctrl+click) on it and select to remove from trash. Then try again to delete the trash.
If that doesn't work. Click on firefox and ensure that you quit it. Click on "Firefox->Quit" or cmd+Q. Then try to delete

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Since you are runing under Mac OS X, NO 1 choice is rely on Time Machine to recover from backup. If you do not set Time Machine, then you probably need a Mac data recovery software. But the first thing you need to take care is do not put more items to the Macintosh HD where those trashed stuff originally located. Learn more from this article recover emptied Trash Mac for more helpful information. Best regards.

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