unable to delete "locked" folders from trash :(

Discussion in 'macOS' started by wwwdotcomdotnet, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. wwwdotcomdotnet macrumors member

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    When I try to delete certain folders from my trash I must physically uncheck the lock icon in the more info of the folder. This has become exceedingly frustrating as I have hundreds of folders that have this issue. Only about half of the folders are like this, however I refuse to do this manually as there must be a better way. Can anyone recommend a better way? I tried highlighting all of the folders to remove the lock and that did work, however these folders have subfolders and it is becoming a huge chore. If it helps, I have two user accounts set up on my iMac, however mine is the administrator account. Attached are two screenshots of what I am talking about. On the left you see the Glassjaw folder has a lock on it, and if command click it the right screenshot pops up and you must deselect the locked option. Any help would save me a ton (HOURS) of trouble. I'm at wits end :(
     

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  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Have a look at this document and see if any of those tips work well for you.
     
  3. wwwdotcomdotnet thread starter macrumors member

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    of course its as simple as holding down the option key when

    *slams face into desk*

    thanks, that did the trick though!
     
  4. wwwdotcomdotnet thread starter macrumors member

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    actually, now that I have that taken car of, how do I unlock hundreds more folders with subfolders that aren't in my trash?
     
  5. gusious macrumors 65816

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    I guess manually.....
     
  6. bartelby macrumors Core

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    As a matter of interest did you try holding Alt down when you emptied the trash?
     
  7. wwwdotcomdotnet thread starter macrumors member

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    I held down the option button and that did the trick
     

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