Empty trash help

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  1. linards, Dec 8, 2014
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    linards macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I want to empty my Trash (~30.000 files), but i have there all my apps and software I downloaded, that i dont want to delete. If I empty the trash,do I lose the software installed on my mac?

    Thanks
     
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    Do you have you applications within the Applications folder on your Mac?
     
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  4. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Hi,

    your apps and softwares are in :

    /Applications, or :

    /Applications/Utilities, or :

    in the users' Applications folder (~/Applications)

    I guess what is in your Trash is the files (.dmg, .pkg...) you downloaded and used to install your apps.

    These files can be deleted (they are no longer used).

    However, they are now useless if and only if you actually installed your apps in their dedicated folders as explained above.

    Could you give some example of the files you don't dare to delete (name and extension) ?
     
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    You will need to copy the apps you want to your Applications folder (or somewhere else, though this folder is probably best). If you do empty your trash the apps will be lost.

    How come you didn't use the Applications folder in the first place?

    Edit* see above. Are these .dmg files?
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you have files in the Trash that you want to keep, take them out of the Trash. They don't belong there. Put them in another folder. That way, you can empty the Trash without worrying about losing anything you want to keep.

    When it comes to apps, make sure you're installing them properly. If you've installed an app, it should be in your /Applications folder, so you can safely delete the "box" it came in (the .dmg or installer file).

    Installing Applications in Mac OS X
     
  7. linards thread starter macrumors newbie

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    [​IMG]

    This is the screenshot my apps are in, its in /Applications

    Some apps in the Trash are with app extension, but most with dmg

    http://i.imgur.com/VAIbXhc.png

    So I would like to keep the apps that are in the dock
     
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    Drag all the files with the .app extension into the Applications folder (do not accept any duplicates I would guess) and you should be good.
     
  9. linards thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, I think it should be ok, anyhow I can download the apps from my email anyway, if something goes wrong.

    Thanks guys.
     
  10. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    Those you see in the dock are normally just links to applications that are located in the Applications folder, but could be elsewhere depending on how you installed them.
     

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