unlock files and folders?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nature girl, Jun 11, 2005.

  1. nature girl macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2004
    I have quite a few files and folders in my trash, but i can't delete them because it says that the file/folder is locked. I don't remember locking those files at all, and i can't figure out how to unlock them so that i can delete them. Can anyone help me? Thanks!
  2. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    Select the item and 'Get Info' on it (Command–I). In the 'General' Pane of the information panel you should see a 'Locked' button. Click it off and that should do the trick.
  3. HexMonkey Administrator


    Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    New Zealand
    If you hold down the option key when you empty the trash, it will delete all files regardless of whether they are locked or not.
  4. nature girl thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2004

    I checked the info on the files, but the "locked" option is not checked. Strange... But i did do the option+empty trash trick and it worked! Thanks!
  5. Kelmon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2005
    United Kingdom
    This happens to me sometimes when a file has been opened in an application (or was a disk image), the closed, and deleted. I know that I've closed the file but sometimes the Trash won't empty telling me that the file is still in use (I think the term was "locked"). I've not tried the Option-Empty Trash method before (will do in the future, mind) but either putting the system to sleep or waiting a bit usually does the trick for me.

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