The Trash won’t empty

Mac Format - - FEATURE -

As files you drag to the Trash aren’t im­me­di­ately deleted, macOS will let you ‘trash’ files that are in use by apps. But when you try to empty the Trash, the sys­tem will refuse (par­don the pun), say­ing the item is in use. If you can guess which app was us­ing the file, quit it.

Still won’t empty? Hold å while do­ing it (or press ß+å+ç+∫). Restart­ing your Mac may also help. If it still won’t go, try emp­ty­ing the Trash in safe mode (see page 24). If the Trash won’t empty be­cause an item is ‘locked’, open the Trash, se­lect the item, press ç+i, untick Locked and retry.

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