Cant delete PDF files on desktop

420benz

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Original poster
Jan 11, 2012
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I have 4 pdf files that wont go away.Would like to get them off my desktop.
 

Weaselboy

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Jan 23, 2005
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What happens when you try to just drag them into the trash? Are the files maybe open in Preview or another PDF viewing app?

Try logging out then logging back in then drag to trash.
 

talmy

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Oct 26, 2009
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One thing that happens frequently -- if you open the PDF in Preview it stays in use and cannot be deleted even when you close the Preview window. Make sure to quit Preview before trying to trash PDFs.
 

420benz

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jan 11, 2012
454
8
I have 4 pdf files that wont go away.Would like to get them off my desktop.
One thing that happens frequently -- if you open the PDF in Preview it stays in use and cannot be deleted even when you close the Preview window. Make sure to quit Preview before trying to trash PDFs.
OK I will give it a try. Thanks
 

Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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Try this in the exact order:

1. Drag files you don't want to the trash, but DON'T try to empty the trash yet

2. Log out of your account

3. Log BACK INTO your account

4. NOW try to empty the trash.

Any better?