Can't delete an image

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mdwriggs, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. mdwriggs macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2010
    I have a JPG file I'm trying to delete on my mac. I put it in my trash and clicked empty trash. I'm getting a message telling me its in use and that it can't be deleted.

    I can't think of why it will not delete. How do I find out what program is using it?
    Its not being used by any of my photo editing programs, I just want to delete it.
    How can I delete it?
    Its not locked, already checked that :)
  2. Disc Golfer macrumors 6502a

    Dec 17, 2009
    I have no explanation for why this happens but rebooting tends to solve it. :confused:
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You could also try opening Terminal and enter "killall Finder" and then try to delete it.
  4. Joerigoesmac macrumors member


    Feb 28, 2009
    Genk, Belgium
    check your dock for any open programs, and like disc golfer said, a reboot solves that problem too :)
  5. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    Also, try emptying the Trash while holding down the Option key.

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