How to selectively empty trash?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by schixzotic, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. schixzotic macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2008
    Is there any way to delete some files from the trash but not others?
    I tried emptying trash in Mac for the first time today (haha only 2 weeks into my Mac) and I realised I can't just delete certain files, leaving others in the trash... help?
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Why not use a folder instead of the Trash to store files you want to keep?

    As far as I know, there's no selective delete.
  3. Silent!Avenger macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2008
    I remember having the same problem. I think you have to hold option or the apple key while you right click on your trash and hit empty trash. I know on leopard a little pop up comes up telling you that there are files you cant delete, and then it tells you what key you have to hold down if you really want to delete it. Hope this helps.

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