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How to Empty Trash on Mac Easily

How to Empty Trash on Mac Easily

Too much files and folders in your Mac can slow it down to a crawl, so you should delete unnecessary files and empty the trash on your Mac.

This post includes three parts:

  1. How to empty trash on Mac in every way
  2. How to delete the file if it’s in used
  3. Bonus Tip

How to Empty Trash on Mac in every way

This part will show you how to delete trash in various situations.

1. Generally delete a file on your Mac

If a file is not necessary, you should consider deleting it on your Mac, especially those of large file size. Keeping these files will do nothing good to your Mac but slow it down.

So here’s what you can do:

1) Select the file(s) or folder that you want to delete.

2) Move the file(s) to the Trash icon in the dock.

Or you can right click on the file, and click Move to Trash from the menu.

Or you can press the Command key and Delete key at the same time on your keyboard to delete it.

2. Empty items in the Trash

Deleting files from your Mac doesn’t permanently erase them, because these files stay in the Trash. So you should also empty the Trash to completely delete them.

1) Click the Trash icon on your desktop.

2) Click Empty Trash, or you can press the Command, Shift and Delete keys at the same time.

3) Your Mac will pop up a warning saying: Are you sure you want to permanently erase the items in the Trash? Click Empty Trash to confirm.

Now all the files have been permanently deleted from your Mac, which helps enhance your system performance.

In addition, if you want to delete part of the items in the Trash, you can do this:

1) Click the Trash icon in the Dock.

2) Click the file or folder that you want to delete.

3) Then click Delete Immediately or Empty Trash, or press the Option key, Command key and Delete key at the same time.

How to delete the file if it’s in used

If programs and features are running in your Mac, you’re likely to see an error of the file is in use when deleting it. If that’s your case, don’t worry.

You can close the app that is using the file, then delete it. If the error still occurs, you can restart your Mac to eliminate any background applications or programs, then you should be able to delete the files.

Bonus Tip

Manually deleting files in your system takes time and computer skills. If you don’t have time or patience, you can optimize your Mac automatically with MacClean.

MacClean helps your Mac clean, fast, and secure with cutting-edge technologies and services. In addition to your familiar Mac cleaning and OS system maintaining features, it now arms with privacy and security protections to give you a state-of-the-art Mac experience.

1) Download MacClean in your MacBook Pro, and run.

2) You can clean your system, optimize your MacBook Pro by navigating to the tools on the left menu tools.

3) After optimizing your system, reboot your MacBook Pro to take effect.

Hope this can help speed up your MacBook Pro.

By Lillian Lai

Lillian, a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), is a technology enthusiast, longing to share the technical tips and solutions to computer problems. Also as a person who enjoys writing, she’s found the perfect match for writing and technology. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her either reading or playing mobile games.


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