Keyboard shortcut for delete doesn't work

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  1. Pbryanw macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I'm a Mac Newbie having recently purchased a Mac Mini. So far I'm loving it - it's such a simple, easy to use OS.

    Anyway the problem I'm having is that when I try to delete an item using the keyboard shortcut "command+delete" nothing happens. the same if I try to empty the trashcan using "command+shift+delete".

    I'm using an Apple keyboard, so what am I doing wrong :confused:

    Thanks for answering my question. I'm sure it will be the first of many as I explore this new Operating System.

    Paul
     
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Are you using the correct delete? There are two of them. Its the one called 'backspace' on windows keyboards. Its right under F11 and F12.
     
  3. superbovine macrumors 68030

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  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    The order of shift and command shouldn't matter. Delete does have to be last though.
     
  5. Pbryanw thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, that worked :) I guess I'm showing my Windows background. Kept on pressing command and the "other delete" and nothing happened. Thanks for taking the time to answer a Mac newbie.
     
  6. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Glad I could help. I wonder what that "other delete" key is called anyway?
     
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  8. mhartl macrumors newbie

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    Solution on OS X Mavericks

    This is an old thread, but it still appears near the top of relevant searches for the problem, so I'm posting my result here.

    tl;dr: If ⌘-delete doesn't work, try ⌘-⌥-delete (command-option-delete) instead.

    I had this problem on a new iMac with a standard Apple keyboard running the latest version of OS X (Mavericks 10.9.3 as of this writing). This was driving me crazy because I use ⌘-delete frequently, and I often switch between the iMac and my MacBook Air (running the same version of OS X) on which ⌘-delete works fine. I just discovered by chance and desperation that, for some reason, ⌘-⌥-delete (command-option-delete) does work. It's not as good as having the same keystrokes work on both machines, but at least now there's some keyboard shortcut I can use on the iMac.
     

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