Can't empty trash because 'item is in use'?

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  1. Anthony T macrumors 6502a

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    I'm trying to empty my trash, but it says that the file I'm trying to delete is in use, and it gives me the option to hit continue or stop, and when I hit either one, it doesn't go away. The item isn't open anywhere. How do I get rid of it?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  3. SHADO macrumors 6502a

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    I would try hitting option when hitting the empty button. If that does not work, then log out and back in or restart.
     
  4. sadcamper macrumors regular

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    If you know for sure you don't want whatever is in use, just go to the Finder menu and hit Secure Empty Trash (if it's greyed out, create a dumby file and put it in the trash...there needs to be something in it).
     
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  6. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    There is also Trash It!.

    It basically automates the sudo rm -rf command. Be careful, however: you could erase a disk completely with this.
     
  7. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    THe item is open, so you can't empty it. Try quitting all apps except for the finder, then trying. If that doesn't work, restart.

    Good luck!
     
  8. Anthony T thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Did you read the OP's last post?

     
  11. Philalbe macrumors 6502

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    I notice that happens a lot, especially after viewing videos in QuickTime. I downloaded a little program called cocktail. One of the tabs let's you easily force empty the trash without having to restart your computer. In cocktail I believe it's systems/misc/force empty trash.
     

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