can't delete file from the desktop

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by havok416, Nov 30, 2002.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2002
    I've got a file on my desktop created by IE when I was trying to download something. I cancelled the download, but the file is still there.

    When I try to delete it, I get an error tellimg me that "the file is being used by another task right now" and "Try again when the other task is completed"

    Only thing is, there is no other task. IE is closed, and I've even rebooted. I still can't delete this thing. I'm running 10.2.2.

    Can anyone help?
  2. Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Start Internet Exploder, go to Download Manager, find the download that pertains to the file, and delete it.

    That should remove the file.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2001
    deleting installer file

    I had the same problem in 10.1 after installing a photoshop 7 'beta'. Even after deleting the 'beta' it wouldn't let me trash it. Finally when i upgraded to Jaguar (10.2) it disappeared. thankfully. it was an ugly icon.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2002
    I gave it a shot, and the file is gone from the download window... but not from the desktop! This is too strange. I might have to get some unix friends to delete this thing from the terminal or something...
  5. macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2002
    Search and Destroy

    Try using a little utility called Force Delete from Version Tracker.

    I've never had a problem using the Force Delete program, but I'm sure there are plenty of other programs too.

  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2002
    that did the trick! thanks!
  7. macrumors 68000


    Dec 9, 2001
    State of Denial
    for those who want to use the terminal:

    sudo rm /Users/<yourusername>/Desktop/<filename>

    and enter your password at the prompt.
  8. macrumors 604


    Aug 9, 2002
    Springfield, OR (Home of the Simpsons)
    I've had this problem at times usually all I have to do is logout and back in and then it will let me delete it.

    Sometimes I can't even move or select the file until I logout and back in.

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