It's possible to move files to trash via Finder with ⌘⌫. But if i have an opened file (e.g. pdf or txt), is there any way to directly move it to trash without first closing it and finding it in Finder? Any shortcut?

  • Do yu mean from the app? If so what app?
    – mmmmmm
    Mar 15, 2016 at 15:24
  • Yes, from the apps. I meant is there any universal shortcut exists? If no, than: 1. TextEdit app, 2. Preview app, 3. QuickTime app. 4. Pages app.
    – 0928e8f6
    Mar 15, 2016 at 15:28
  • No - it is up to the app to do that - also what happens if it has any files open - which one is trashed?
    – mmmmmm
    Mar 15, 2016 at 15:30
  • It's a pity. Let's say i have 4 txt file opened with TextEdit. And i want move to trash the one, i'm working with. The same with Preview, if several files are opened, how to move to trash the one, that is on top.
    – 0928e8f6
    Mar 15, 2016 at 15:35

2 Answers 2


The shortest way: Right-click the file icon in the title bar of the document window. It will display a drop-down menu of the file's location path. When you choose the folder icon that is directly under the file icon, a Finder window will open with the file already selected (highlighted), and you can directly press to trash it.


It depends on the app, which has to implement this, not a general OS X keystroke.

In Preview:

TextEdit seems to have nothing.

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