trouble emptying trash

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by alaskamac, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. alaskamac macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2007
    i'm having trouble emptying the trash icon. i was finally able to go into finder and delete the icons by clicking on them, but the trash icon is still full. any ideas?

  2. McGiord, Jan 8, 2008
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011

    McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    Righ Click on the trash and select Empty Trash from the popup menu.
    Or Go To the Menu and select Empty Trash, there is a combination of keys to do it (sadly I'm on a Windows laptop from work, and I can't recreate it to detail it for you).

    Many times when you are not able to empty it, is because one of the files/apps is still being used by your Mac. Close them and then try again.

    I haven't use this a long time ago (I think since Mac OS 7) but I believe it still works: force an empty Trash without further complications you hold the option key + request the empty trash.

    Deleting a file in the Finder is not like in Windows that you just hit DEL and the file goes to the trash can...
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