Questions tagged [deleting]

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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Find all “Other” Files

How do I find any and all delete-able files on my Mac that are classified as other? My brother installed games on my computer, and even after clearing out "Downloads" and deleting the game ...
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Unable to delete a folder to disable drag and drop, during screen-sharing

This answer claims You can just remove Screen Sharing server's helper tools from here: /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/screensharingd.bundle/Contents/Support/ Quick check didn't show ...
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Having painstakingly deleted hundreds of unwanted photos, dare I re-sync another Mac to iCloud that still has many of the deleted ones?

I have already deleted hundreds of photos in iCloud, and this works fine on my iPhone and Macbook. However, I also have an IMac which WAS synced to the other machines up till 2017. This means in Photo ...
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Wipe iPhone data

Is it possible to completely wipe out iPhone data using dd tool? Something like this? sudo dd if=/dev/random of=/...
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Can't remove Parallels.app on macOS Catalina

So I am trying to completely remove Parallels without having to wipe my drive. I found every hidden file all deleted fine except this one that has become a nuisance. The app is located in: /Library/...
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Disk Utility Cannot Erase the hard disk

I just want to erase everything so I can sell this laptop. My thought was to come to Disk Util and do an erase. But when I choose these settings, the operation keeps failing. Some Apple articles were ...
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Automatic removal of items from the trash after 30 days

Since Sierra, we can tell the Finder to remove items from the trash after 30 days. I have some questions about this: How can I tell how many days are left for a given file in the Trash? Where is ...
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How to delete old and stuck local time machine snapshot from one year ago

I have an old and stuck local time machine snapshot or directory (probably from Mac OS 10.14/Mojave/2018) that seems impossible to delete (now on Mac OS 10.15/Catalina/2019). The directory is empty (0 ...
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How can I prevent Garageband from removing downloaded sound library installation files after installation?

Garageband will download full sound library when requested, install them, and then delete the installation file/package. Sometimes, I want to be able to install those again without having to download ...
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How to delete empty deleted user home folder? [duplicate]

I have a deleted user home folder in the "Users" folder that does not contain anything and cannot be deleted. Can anybody suggest any ideas?
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Unable to delete High Sierra partition

I have a partition I am unable to delete. Admittedly I'm in uncharted waters. I'v used Disk Utilites in the past with success, this time I'm stumped. The partition I want deleted is the one labeled ...
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Lost Permissions Can't Delete Folder

I accidentally ran a PHP script that creates a directory with permissions 0777 and I am now unable to delete this directory. Any help to delete it would be appreciated, I have inserted a picture of ...
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How do I delete a Time Machine local snapshot which is empty and in the wrong place?

Somehow I have a folder on the root of my hard drive called com.apple.TimeMachine.localsnapshots. This contains a few other folders which end with a couple of dated folders containing folders with the ...
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deleting Soundflower.kext in Catalina [duplicate]

so I've been trying to delete a kext file from the Soundflower program. I tried deleting the whole program but it ended up leaving me with just the kext file, and I can't throw it in the bin. I tried ...
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Suppress “Are you sure you want to delete…” dialogue when deleting items on SMB shares

When connected to an SMB share in Finder and deleting files or folders, this dialogue comes up: I believe that the reasoning behind this dialogue is because deleted files don't go to a Trash or ....
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Deleted user content by accident

I was trying to empty the trash from terminal because Xcode was stuck in it, but I accidentally removed the trash from the path and ran sudo rm -rf ~/ I thought for a moment i was changing the ...
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When I try to delete some old folders on my mac desktop I get error. I have tried some method but failed. Error is shown in description

I have tried several methods in the past as well. While reflecting on root of problem initially after purchasing mac I had password set which was forgotten within week so I had to used command R ...
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Moving several files to trash in Mac terminal without using rm, any plugins?

Looking for a way to: Move several files to the Mac trash in terminal without using the rm, crazy regex,finder, or something destructive. Today I realized I was just asking the wrong question. Once ...
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OSX Catalina - Removing Music App

How can I "hard remove" the "Music" app from OSX Catalina ? I assume I need to boot disable SIP or similar which I'm fine with, I'm not just sure how to find the location of this app as it doesn't ...
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Deleting my mail in Mac, but space is not cleared

Today, I deleted alot of files in Mac Mail but it did not clear any space on my HD. It keeps saying Mail is using 5.36 GB, no matter how much I delete and empty my trash. I have rebooted several times....
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Mac Catalina won't let me delete user

I go to users and groups, I put in my admin password, I click on the user, the user is a standard user, I press the - button, and then nothing happens. I can't do anything from that point other than ...
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Safely deleting files downloaded by Safari

Sorry to ask such a basic question, but I am remotely helping my parents who have a Mac, and I am not familiar with that system, nor have I it at home. They received a fake order confirmation email ...
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Deleting an App that refuses to go away

I have been trying to delete the United Airlines app from my iPad because I won't be needing it anytime soon. I thought I had successfully deleted it but a gray version keeps reappearing. I've ...
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Remove “Windows” Entry from Mac Boot Loader

How can I delete the "Windows" option I have tried several option, but nothing seems to work I even wipe out the Mac and reinstall macOS Catalina and nothing. It shows when I connect the USB with ...
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Deleted iPhotos not appearing in Trash

Cleaning up photo albums and folders on Mac. Deleting photos but they don't appear in iPhoto trash OR system trash -- so how do I assure they're deleted? part of the rationale for deleting is to free ...
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How to delete ALL notes from Stickies app?

Eventually I need to clean house when too many Stickies notes accumulate, but it seems harder than necessary. Is there an easy way? Mac OS allows many windows to be closed at once using option-...
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How to delete pre-installed apps in Catalina?

I want to delete the pre-installed apps, like Music, Books, Siri etc. from my iMac running Catalina. How do I do this? (NOTE: This question asks the same thing but was closed as a duplicate of this ...
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How to remove Fusion Drive?

I tried applying recommendations from other sites, but the methods did't work. diskutil cs list - no logical drives diskutil apfs deletecontainer - also does not work I loaded with bootable ...
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trying to delete an app found in 'system information' but it wont delete

I'm trying to free up some space. From the apple icon in the top left corner I went into 'about this mac'. from there I went to storage, and then clicked 'manage'. In the applications part the app at ...
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Can’t install macOS High Sierra after formating my HDD

After erasing my HDD with APFS format, I always get an error while installing macOS High Sierra. Error is caused because of APFS format. Now I can’t erase it using a different format... how can I ...
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Recover deleted user data — user deleted via System Prefs with “Delete home folder”

Earlier today, I deleted a user (through the Users and Groups pane in System Preferences), and of the options “Keep home folder”/“Move home folder to deleted users”/“Delete home folder”, I chose “...
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Can I safely delete .download files to reclaim space?

My message says my disk is full on my MacBook Air. One of the largest files is 1.3 GB file from last operating system download. Can I safely delete this file? macOSUpd10.15.1.dmg.download
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Delete specific photos from iphone that were synced from itunes and won't delete

I know there were similar answers to this question here, and here, but I believe my question is slightly different: Backstory: Got a new iphone 11, I had been using icloud on my iphone 7 but I didn't ...
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How to delete from shared drive without confimation?

Is there a way to delete files/folders from a shared drive, i.e. a NAS drive, without the confirmation dialog popping up?
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How do I delete a new Admin account and its data without knowing the old admin password?

I used my friend's Mac by creating a new admin account. Now I need to return it and want to delete the new Admin account I created without knowing his password. In other words, can I delete my own ...
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Cannot delete Karabiner Kext

I followed the answers in this thread but cannot delete the kernel extension for the key mapper software Karabiner. When I boot into recovery mode and rm -rf the enclosing folder it is not deleted ...
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Image selection jumps randomly after sorting when an image is deleted

I'm using Preview app Version 11.0 (999.4) in Mac OS 10.15.2, though this issue existed in the previous versions of the app / OS as well. I open a folder with images in Preview app, then sort them ...
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How to remove autocomplete (autofill) entries from Chrome? (Shift+Fn+Delete doesn't work)

In both Firefox and Chrome (latest versions) when I start typing an address of a website I have visited before, it shows a bunch of autocomplete entries. If I want to delete a specific entry, in ...
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Application file on Macbook will not show up in Finder and is not able to be deleted from computer

One file on my computer "Total War: Rome II Emperor edition" is not able to be deleted from the system. When trying to delete it from the manage storage window panel, there is no way to do it. When I ...
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Deleting (intrusive?) Facebook files ok?

Platform(s): MacOS Catalina (10.15.2) and an iPad (13.3). Disclaimer: I'm in no way experienced or knowledgeable in anything relating to computers. Background: I'm keen to cut ties with Facebook ...
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How to selectively remove sym-linked files from a certain directly

In /usr/local/include , symlinked files from ../Cellar/ and /Library/Developer/CommandLineTools/SDKs/MacOSX.sdk/usr/include/ as follows; rwxr-xr-x 1 user admin 48B May 29 2018 unitypes.h -&...
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How to change the focus of buttons displayed in prompt dialogs?

When a file is deleted through Command + Option + Backspace combination, the dialog like the image below is prompted to validate the operation with having two buttons which are Cancel, and Delete ...
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Cant delete persistent damaged application Bluestack

I uninstalled BlueStacks as it was unused application, and it persists as a broken application and I can't delete it. I've tried to sudo rm -rf but it said operation not permitted. Is there any way i ...
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How to permanently delete pictures from all devices in Apple ecosystem?

So I've done incredibly silly things with a friend of mine over the past couple of years and there are a ton of pictures and videos where I look bad. I want to get rid of all those compromising ...
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How to delete Grammarly extension from Safari?

When I try to delete Grammarly extension from Safari, it says: The “Grammarly for Safari” extension is part of the “Grammarly for Safari” application. To uninstall “Grammarly for Safari”, you must ...
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Cannot delete {Documents, Desktop} folders from iCloud Drive

NOTE: Please don't simply link me to an existing similar question unless it offers an approach I haven't tried. I have researched thoroughly, and spent several hours on this. My iCloud Drive is full. ...
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Will backing up files also include files that are marked for deletion?

If i use Time Machine to back up my data to an additional disk, will the backup also contain files marked for deletion that have not been overwritten yet? To clarify, I do not mean files in the ...
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If I delete synced Google contacts on my iPhone, does that affect my google contact?

I needed some of my gmail contacts to email them and get some info, so I decided to sync my google accounts to my iPhone. The problem is that I have some repeated contacts and I want to delete those ...
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Delete a folder with a lot of files

I'm not even sure how to ask this question properly, but let me try. I'm on Mojave 10.14. I found a directory in my trash can that is extremely slow to delete. When I try to go into the directory, ...
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How do I delete a stubborn file in the Bin?

I have this file (see attached); And I cannot delete it. it doesn't exist... I have tried typing rm in the prompt then dragging the file on to it, I have gone to the actual location of the file and ...

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