How do I remove a file from the trash?

How do I remove a file from the trash?

Whatever method you use, make sure to let the Finder completely reload. Then, after the Finder has reopened, you should be able to remove the file as intended by dragging and dropping it into the OS X Dock Trash icon or by using Command+Delete. Note that this will not work if you are in an editor such as TextWrangler or BBEdit.

If you're having trouble removing the file, try pressing Cmd+Shift+E while clicking on the file icon in the Trash. This will open up the Terminal window with more information about the problem.

To permanently delete a file from your system, click on the Trash icon in the Dock and then press the Delete key on your keyboard. A warning message will appear before deleting the file.

You can also go to Finder -> Preferences and check the "Empty the Trash" box. Now, when you drag something out of the Trash, it will disappear forever.

Last but not least, if you have a lot of files in the Trash and you want to clear them all at once, you can always use the shred command. Type "shred -vz *" (without the quotes) into the Terminal window and press Return. The -v flag will show you what files are about to be deleted and the -z means "zero-length file".

That's it!

Why is a file too big to be trashed?

In some cases, the inability to trash a file like this is most likely a Finder bug; however, given how easy it is to trigger the message with partially transferred files, it could also be a protective mechanism against prematurely removing files that are partially transferred via local file sharing or internet downloading.

Close the document in Pages, then click the Dock icon with the happy Mac face, then the Documents item in the Finder's sidebar, and finally delete the file. Thank you for your assistance.

Close the document in Pages, then click the Dock icon with the happy Mac face, then the Documents item in the Finder's sidebar, and finally delete the file. (41669) On March 15, 2009, at 9:35 a.m.,

How do I empty my trash folder on my iMac?

How to Empty Your Mac's Trash In the dock, click and hold the trashcan icon. "Empty Trash" will display as a popup. Choose it.

How do you undo trash?

In Mac OS X, use the "undo" command to remove a file from the trash. The first thing to try is Command + Z, a basic Mac keyboard shortcut for undo. This will "reverse" the file trashing if it happened recently and was the most recent activity on the Mac. For example, if you just place a file in the trash, pressing Command+Z will "undo" it and transfer it...

If that doesn't work, go to the Finder menu and select View > Show Toolbar, or press Cmd+Y. Now you have access to all of your favorite commands, including Trash, which will be highlighted in red. Click this button to open the Trash folder and search for the deleted file. It's not easy, but it can be done!

Finally, if you want to permanently delete a file from your system, click the Trash icon (it looks like a garbage can), and then click the Delete File button. The file will disappear from view, but it won't actually be removed until you empty the trash.

These instructions are specific to Mac users. On Windows systems, trash can be restored by any number of third-party tools, such as Recuva. They'll be able to locate the file based on its extension (in this case,.trash) and restore it back into place.

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