Cannot move to trash cannot delete file....

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mediocrefuzz, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. mediocrefuzz macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2009
    'the item "....." cab;t be moved to the Trash because it can't be delete.'

    The file is just a Safari download icon you often get when downloading a file, and I can't move it or do anything to it, I can't access its info or move it around the desktop.

    Any solutions?
  2. Jon-Luke macrumors 6502


    May 22, 2009
    Cape Town
    The "Item" you are attempting to delete may be locked...

    Try to right click the item "Apple/CMD" click - A window should pop up then select "Get Info" another window should pop up... at the bottom of this window should be a little lock icon... If it is locked try to unlock it (You may require your System Administrator Password to do this. Once this is all done try clearing the trash again.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you're referring to the padlock icon at the bottom of the "Get Info" screen, that only gives you access to the Sharing & Permissions settings.
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    That icon does not indicate that a file is locked, and it's not the way to unlock a locked file. If all you do is click the icon and enter your admin password, you have accomplished nothing.

    For the OP: You can't empty the Trash or move a file to the Trash
  4. xlii macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2006
    Millis, Massachusetts
    I recently had a file that I couldn't delete by using the trash. I tried to unlock it but it wasn't locked. What i did was drag it to the desktop top make it easier to find and started a utility called terminal. This brings up the unix terminal window. in that window cd to the desktop and type rm filename. That deleted the file that the trash couldn't. If you want to know what rm does type man rm in the terminal window.
  5. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    And if that fails, rm -f
  6. mediocrefuzz thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2009
    I can't access its info, doing the right click and clicking 'get info' doesn't work, nothing works when right clicking, the item is already on the desktop and I can't even drag it to a finder window like music or anything.
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Open a Finder window and access the file on your desktop in the Finder window.
    Click once on the icon and then press Command+I to access "Get Info".

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