i-book will not empty trash

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lathekin, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. lathekin macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2010
    Can anyone out there help with this problem :
    When i attempt to empty the trash on my i-book OSX, i now get a message as follows : "the operation cannot be completed because the item 'htm' is in use."
    What does this mean? - - - what is item htm likely to be, and how do i turn it off or remove it ?
  2. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    Just quit all your open applications and then try emptying the trash again.
  3. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Try holding down the Option key when you select Empty Trash.
  4. blunderboy macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
    I get this bug sometimes with Preview—I'll delete an image that was recently opened by Preview, and the Finder will claim that the image is "in use" when it's not. The solution is usually to close the application that you were using to look at the file. It's rather annoying, but it's the only workaround I know of.

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