Is it possible to disable the confirmation dialog when moving/removing/deleting a file from iCloud Drive? The constant barrage of dialogs is incredibly irritating - I understand that removing the file from iCloud Drive will result in the file being removed from all of my iCloud Devices.

There is no Finder preference that I could find, and a Google search has not yielded anything.

  • What's the larger context? what's causing you to delete things continually from the cloud folder? Perhaps we can script that for you or suggest an alternative...
    – bmike
    Jan 12, 2016 at 16:03
  • I'm using it as a drop box for any files I'm actively working on so that they are available between my 2 Macs. I don't use it for permanent storage; this is kept locally on one of the machines. I appreciate the thought towards a programmatic solution, but in this case I'm doing most of the file management individually through the Finder.
    – David P.
    Jan 14, 2016 at 1:14

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As of macOS 10.12 Sierra, this is possible through Finder's preferences:

Show warning before removing from iCloud Drive

Finder Preverences

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    This is now the correct answer. Also, glad to discover the folders on top preference finally! Apr 7, 2017 at 14:14
  • You can also set this from command line. Helpful if you apply multiple settings at once from a script defaults write com.apple.finder FXEnableRemoveFromICloudDriveWarning -bool false
    – Volsk
    Sep 3, 2020 at 14:05
  • still works on macOs BigSur 11.5 !
    – meduz
    Sep 20, 2021 at 7:04

It has not been implemented yet (as of version 10.11.2), so no. I submitted a feedback request, but the more people request it, the more likely it will be added in further versions of OS X. To request it, go to : http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html

  • That's really too bad! I have also submitted a feedback request; I can only hope that more people do the same. Thanks for confirming that it's not currently possible.
    – David P.
    Jan 14, 2016 at 1:17

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