I can't figure out how to delete files

Discussion in 'macOS' started by vistadude, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    I moved several files from the desktop into the trash bin. When I open the trash bin and highlight a single file, and press the red delete button, it simply moves the file back to the desktop. If I empty the trash bin, it does delete all of the files. Is there a trick to simply deleting a single file or folder?

    I'm using snow leopard on a macbook. Thanks.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You can't do that with the default Finder. Only put files you want to delete in the Trash.

    Check these threads for various methods and discussion about this topic.
     
  3. mac2x macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, it's called Terminal. :D Please don't use it unless you are familiar with it, though.
     
  4. bcrguy macrumors regular

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    iv got a problem where it tries to secure empty trash but it gets stuck on a certain item... could that be because the file is on an external drive???
     
  5. vistadude thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you! I'm still a newbie with Macs... even after using one for 3 months now.
     
  6. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    What? You expected to become a pro in less than 3 months? And your screen name is VistaDude? Maybe in another 3 months, you'll become a MacDude! ;)
     
  7. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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  9. davidlv macrumors 65816

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    It's not a "trick" or even a "one-step" method, but it sure is fast (be careful, it's also FINAL!) :eek:

    Highlight the file(s) or folder(s) you want to delete.
    Hit the Command and Delete keys. (In the trash, buster)
    Hit Shift Command and Delete keys (poof)

    Mousing around all the time, you may be forgetting that the keyboard is usable too. :cool:

    [Aside] Ohh, Hi aggie, ever get your HD sorted out?
     
  10. vistadude thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Dude, Vista is awesome! :rolleyes:

     
  11. Buzz Bumble Guest

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    The word is spelt: "awful". :)
     
  12. bcrguy macrumors regular

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    couldnt agree more... however i use 7 for school and its not THAT bad.. i still prefer osx anyday tho..
     

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