I can't empty Trash folder. Some of files there are "in use". And it happens all the time.

The operation can’t be completed because the item “blabla.xlsx” is in use.

I don't have any applications with these files. I don't have Finder with this folder open. And I didn't.

When I launch "What's Keeping Me?" utility, it says, that this file is opened in "QuickLookSatellite".

Is it possible to prevent?

OSX El Captain 10.11.3

  • Did you use QuickLook to preview those files or folders ?
    – Pratik
    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:23
  • @PratikaRana Maybe before they got deleted, certainly not after.
    – dandaka
    Feb 23, 2016 at 12:15
  • If you use QuickLook to preview a file or folder and you delete it afterwards, it will dsiplay the message that the files/folders are in use when emptying the trash. The only solution then is to use "Delete Immediately" within the trash.
    – Pratik
    Feb 25, 2016 at 1:47

1 Answer 1


I'm not sure about preventing it, but you can certainly try:

sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/*

You may be prompted for your password. The command will forcibly get rid of everything in your trash bin.

  • Thank you for advice, but it sounds like a workaround, not a solution. I get this problem all the time...
    – dandaka
    Feb 23, 2016 at 12:16
  • It is indeed a workaround. If you're getting this problem frequently, try Console and search for quicklook Feb 23, 2016 at 12:18

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