File won't delete - any advice?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Queenredspecial, May 10, 2013.

  1. Queenredspecial macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2009
    Hello all!

    Somehow a PDF file got corrupted, and it tells me this when I try to delete it:

    "The item can't move to trash because it can't be deleted."

    Any ideas on how to force it out of my sight?

    Thank you!

    MacBook Pro
    OSX 10.7.5
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    "Any ideas on how to force it out of my sight?"

    1. Log out
    2. Log back in
    3. Locate file in question
    4. Try moving it to the trash now.

    Any better?
  3. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    There is an app called "Trash It!" which seems to work well as a last resort measure to empty the trash if nothing else works, and you are not crazy about using Terminal, like me.:eek:
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I was thinking Command-Drag to Trash, but I don't know if that's good advice. Nice thing is, it won't hurt to try.
  5. SMDBill macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2013
    Can you delete it in a terminal with the rm command?

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