the destruction of a document, or file. Often, on the most common operating system, the file is compressed, and moved to a folder - dubbed "Trash" on OSX. The file must then be permanently deleted, before all remnants of the file are truly destroyed.

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Delete a currently-open file directly in the application?

OS X's ability to rename or move a currently-open file right inside the application is really handy: To take it one step further, is there a trick to actually delete the current file inside the ...
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Saving /private/tmp

Something on my Mac keeps deleting the /private/tmp directory. I first noticed this was happening as I was investigating high CPU usage. The Console was full of errors like the following: 1/10/15 10:...
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I have deleted all photos from my iPhone 4s but phone usage and iTunes still show 16gb of photos

I had 25GB of photos on my 4s. I have deleted all of them, some via the photos app, and some via windows explorer. Unfortunately, phone usage and iTunes is still showing 16GB of photos. I backed up ...
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Cannot trash old shared PC

There is an old shared connection that I had setup to a PC to transfer files from the PC to the Mac and I cannot get rid of it. Here is a shot of the message when I drag to the trash; control click ...
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Why can't I delete messages from my IMAP account on my iPhone 4?

I have an iPhone 4 and have set up mail with an IMAP account. When I delete a message a popup says Unable to move message - The message could not be moved to the trash folder. How can I fix this?
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Want iTunes to stop synching podcasts FROM my iPhone

Basically, I don't know how to delete podcasts that I downloaded from my iPhone. I can delete them in iTunes obviously, but then when I sync, iTunes just takes them from my iPhone. Is there anyway ...
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Can't delete old TimeMachine backup

In terminal, trying to do the following: $ sudo tmutil delete /Volumes/BACKUP/Backups.backupdb/lappy/2014-11-02-005458/ Deleting: /Volumes/BACKUP/Backups.backupdb/lappy/2014-11-02-005458 I get ...
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Easiest way to delete NON-Album photos from iphone camera roll

What is the easiest way to delete photos from Camera Roll that I haven't put in an album?
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How do I delete these movies from my iPhone 4?

I tried swiping it, but my movies for some reason show up vertical. So swiping, doesn't work. I can't seem to find a way to get it off my phone and it's taking up more then half of my storage! I need ...
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Why does an uninstalled Canon LBP 5050 printer keep reappearing?

I used to have a Canon LBP 5050. It is no longer connected to the network or the Mac. I removed the printer from: "System Preferences → Printers" and even removed the ppd from /Library/Printers, using ...
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Delete junk files in Os X 10.8.4

On my computer i have got 30GB of junk files. I looked for it everywhere. In both Librarires and other folders. So, is there some method to identify those files and delete them? Some kind of script or ...
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OSX Time Machine: deletion of backup folders

I saw this question and was hoping that someone could expand upon the chosen answer (which I understood): Can you sudo mv Time Machine backup files as sudo from the trash to their original locations?...
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Delete Mails in Mac Mail without Trash

How can I delete an email in Mac Mail instantly without moving it to the trash. I don't want to look at the spam crap twice :-) UPDATE: I want to do this because I have some very old mails in my ...
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Deleting All Photos from iCloud

I want to free up iCloud storage by deleting photos that are backed up elsewhere. How can I delete photos from iCloud without deleting them from my iPhone?
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Time Machine deleting non-Time Machine files from disk?

I recently enabled time machine by adding an external drive as a location for Time Machine to back up to. However, before enabling Time Machine I took a few old files (totally about 500GB) which I ...
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How to securely delete individual files (documents) on the iPhone?

My understanding is that when files are deleted on a computer (and here, I am considering the iPhone a "computer"), those files are typically recoverable using forensic tools. I know there are easy ...
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476 views

Deleting iCloud contents locally

I haven't really ever intentionally used iCloud; however, upon browsing ~/Library/Mobile Documents, I noticed that I must have unintentionally saved several files to iCloud. Unfortunately, I can't ...
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iMessage sync with computer after deleting [duplicate]

If you send a text on your iphone and then immediately delete it while the synced Mac computer and ipad is off/not connected to Wifi, will the messages still appear in chat on the Mac when you connect ...
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How to delete synced photos from iPhone without connecting to mac?

I have synced a folder which contains some pictures to my iPhone. The synced photos are successfully copied to my iPhone. But I can not see any "delete" option in my iPhone to remove the synced photos....
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Downloaded song can't be deleted off iPhone

Even when I delete the songs they just stay there and it can't be removed — it stays there and there a cloud beside it, that just re-downloads it. How can I delete the song?
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Delete all iPad mail emails

Can you delete all the emails on iPad in one shot using the mail app. I can only seem to delete them 1 by 1 by pressing the trash can. Or I can go edit and select each one and then delete. Is there a ...
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iPhone 4 Messages

I have an iPhone 4 and there is a new update for it but I have too little storage to download it, so I check my usage and it says that I have 3.9 GB of messages, I deleted all my messages but I still ...
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Accidentally deleted /usr/share directory… what can I do to fix it?

A botched terminal command left me without a /usr/share folder. Most things seem to be running ok (although I haven't restarted since, so it's not clear if I'd have errors on reboot). There are ...
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How to cleanly remove MacPorts

I'd like to cleanly remove all changes made by MacPorts as well as MacPorts itself, to try my luck with homebrew. How can I do that?
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Delete TotalFinder Mavericks

since I updated to mavericks. I do not use totalFinder anymore. I deleted it first, but on every start i get this failure message. I already searched the developer site for help. But nothing helped....
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Erasing a bunch of contacts at once?

My friend got an iPhone from her uncle and started using it without wiping out all the data. Now she wants to delete all the existing contacts on the phone (over 500) but doesn't want to reset the ...
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Why is my hard drive still full after deleting files?

I'm new to Mac. I have deleted many files from my applications folder, downloads, music, etc. to make clean Mountain Lion installation. After installing Mountain Lion I can still see in About This ...
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Deleting image from Camera Roll and Photo Stream at the same time?

Now that Photo Stream lets you delete pictures, I find myself frequently deleting pictures from both Photo Stream and the Camera Roll manually. Is there any way to easily delete the same picture from ...
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Mac App mysteriously remembers deleted settings

After evaluating several its demo version, I decided to buy Linkinus from the Mac App Store.¹ As I had played with the settings a bit, I wanted to do a clean reset before seriously using it. So I ...
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Applescript for deleting desktop files upon logout

I'm completely new to Applescript and currently very busy at work. I don't have time to learn it, I will once I find some free time, so I decided to ask you, the experts, for help. I need an ...
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Clearing data on a stolen iphone 5s when my phone has no network?

My phone has recently been stolen, I immediately went to my network provider and cancelled my network on the handset, I then found out I could remotely erase all data on the handset however it says ...
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Delete default folders: Documents, Public, etc — permanently?

I do not use the folders ~/{Downloads, Documents, Public} and so I remove them. But some Mac OS X process keeps recreating them. How can I disable the creation of these folders permanently? What ...
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How can I wipe an encrypted volume when the password is forgotten?

I have encrypted disk volume that is in the way and the passphrase is gone. How can I erase the contents and reuse the disk space?
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Itunes doesn't want to dispose played podcasts

I have a Podcast settings: ‚Keep all unplayed episodes‘ but Itunes doesn't want to dispose those played ones. There are only 9 new unplayed episodes and 19 fully played episodes are fully to ...
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Delete all pictures in an album from library in Aperture

I have created smart albums, the content of which I have exported to new libraries. I now wish to delete the pictures in these albums from the Aperture library. Is there a way to delete all pictures ...
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Shift + Delete (Permanent Deletion Of File/Folder): Mac Equivalent [duplicate]

In Windows permanently deleting a file or folder without sending it to the recycle bin, is achieved by selecting that file or folder in Desktop or Windows explorer and then depressing the keyboard ...
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Is there a way to delete something off your computer but not your itunes account?

Memory on my computer is running low. Is there a way to remove stuff from my iTunes account (like delete them from my computer) and still have them on my account (not delete them off my account) so ...
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Delete songs manually on ipod Touch (without the help of iTunes)

Is it possible to delete songs manually on an iPod Touch (without the help of iTunes) as it is possible for podcasts and videocasts?
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Delete a TextEdit document in iCloud

I would like to delete a TextEdit document stored in iCould. The only solution I found was to open the document move the document to the hard disk "File → Move To ..." delete it locally Any ...
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Cannot delete iTunes U from iPod classic

Device: iPod classic, 160GB // iPod software: 1.12 // iTunes version: 11.0.3 I have a substantial number of iTunes U files on my iPod classic, taking up an enormous amount of space. I am unable to ...
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Is there any way to view the names of files from before iTunes renamed them?

So here's my sad story guys. I'm a songwriter and I have a ton of audio files on my computer. I spent the last week or so going through them all (some were in iTunes, some were scattered across the HD)...
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How to delete iTunes once and for all from the command-line?

I'd like to delete iTunes and never ever have it make it again in my OS X system. On a fresh install of OS X 10.6.8 I had iTunes 10 and noticed that on the first "Software update" OS X wants to ...
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Deleting completed reminders

Over time I end up with a lot of completed reminders, and I haven't found an easy way to delete them out. Right now I have to go into each reminder and delete it - something that is particularly ...
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Can I safely delete from my iphone photos shared by friends?

I would like to free some space on my iPhone 4S by deleting my local copies of photos from a friend's photo stream. Can I do that without affecting my friend's originals and without signing out from ...
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Removing personal data from OSX without deleting user or reinstalling OS

I will be returning my work machine to my employer soon and I would like to leave little or no personal trace on the machine. I am not able to create a new user, delete my user, access the ...
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Item “is in use by another application”. How can I find out which one?

In Finder the file VirtualBox_Uninstall.tool is greyed out. I want to delete this file, but I'm prompted by a message that the file is currently in use: Currently, I have no clue what is the ...
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Two older Macs (G3 / Intel) need their drives erased. No install discs

I have two older Macs in which I want to erase the hard drive. Secure-erase is a plus, but not a show-stopper at this point. I don't have any Mac OS X discs so I can't use disc utility. What I'd ...
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How to get list of played pdocasts in Itunes so that I select which to delete?

In iTunes, I want to be able to pull up a list of played podcasts from time to time and select some for deletion. I don't want to auto-delete podcasts marked as played as a) I share the library with ...
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How do I wipe my MBP drive to default?

My MacBook Pro fell and is kinda cracked so since I have warranty from BestBuy, I want to do a complete wipe of the HDD and essentially restore it like it was brand new before I return it. (They’ll ...
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Is it normal for it to take hours to delete a Time Capsule “sparsebundle”

I'm trying to make room on my time capsule to make backups (it currently tells me it's full). I got help in this question with how to delete individual backups, but it didn't solve the problem. ...