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Click anywhere on the desktop that is literally empty space and next to the apple at the top left corner of the desktop FINDER will appear.
Under the File menu, the first item is New Finder Window. Click on that.
A new Finder Window appears with icons for folders for Documents, Desktop, etc.
Find the "old stuff" you want to delete by highlighting it with your mouse and holding down the "apple" aka Command key next to your spacebar on either side you may select multiple items.
When all your "old stuff" is selected, drag the whole collection to your Trash Bin, which should be either at the right side or the bottom of your Dock, depending on whether it is located on the top bottom or one of the sides of your desktop.
Under FINDER at the top left corner of your desktop you will find the commands Empty Trash and Secure Empty Trash the latter of which commands has no key combination, the former of which can be accessed by a combination of Shift-Command-Backspace
Empty Trash simply removes the items, but Secure Empty Trash removes the items AND reclaims your disk space, so if your intention is to increase your disk space, use the menu item, not the key combination to Secure Empty Trash.
I have been illustrating these steps on OSX 10.4 (Tiger) and I do not believe the process is much different for 10.5 (Leopard) or 10.6 (Snow Leopard) so if you have any difficulties please get back to me.

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    You can also just highlight an item and hold down the Command key and then hit the Delete key. It will automatically be dumped into the Trash. For future ease of deletion, you can add a delete icon to the top bar of any Finder window by opening any folder or drive icon, click on View in the main top menu and select "Customize Toolbar". A window will open with several options including a delete icon that you can drag to the toolbar above it. Next time you want to delete something from a folder or drive, just highlight it and click the red delete icon. Saves dragging to the Trash.

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"Empty Trash simply removes the items, but Secure Empty Trash removes the items AND reclaims your disk space, so if your intention is to increase your disk space, use the menu item"
Not true, both reclaim disk space but "Secure Empty Trash" removes the data. "Empty Trash" removes the link to the data. The data is still on the drive but the location is listed as usable for new data. The difference is like erasing a page in a book or erasing a line in the books index. In one case the data is gone, in the other the link to the data is gone.

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