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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LgHub asking for Accessibility features after deletion

I recently deleted the LgHub application from my mac, yet it keeps asking for Accessibility access. I don't know how it's asking, how to make it stop or what residue is left. I looked up how to ...
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Action not re-mapping to new shortcut (Backwards Delete)

I use the option key for symbols I use a lot for work/school and I keep hitting option-delete (which deletes the word to the left of the cursor) on accident, often costing me more time to go back and ...
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Folder won't delete from Trash for “Can't delete ”_ImageItems“ because its pathname is too long”

I'm trying to empty my trash on my iMac. When I do, I can detete everything but 1 folder. The one folder seems to reference itself infinitely. Each time I click on the expander chevron, I get ...
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Remove duplicate files from TargetFolder that are also in SourceFolder — if they have same filename

This is a clarified version of a question asked two days ago. I'd like to remove files from TargetFolder that are also in SourceFolder (what I was calling a reference directory) -- but only if they ...
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Remove custom link added to Home Screen

I recently added a link to my Home Screen for a favorite website & realized too late that I wanted to change the exact location on the site that it pointed to. I can neither edit the URL nor ...
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How to delete all voice memos stored in iCloud in one go (if in iTunes Music library, you cannot delete any voice memos)?

This is a spin-off from How to delete all voice memos stored on iphone in one go?. After following that link, uninstalling the Voice Memo app, I still see some files in the data storage The reason is ...
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How to delete all voice memos stored on iphone in one go?

The Voice Memo app makes deleting several/all memos rather cumbersome as there doesn't seem to be an option to select all at once. SO how to delete all voice memos stored on my iPhone in one go?
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How to remove an app on iOS without overhead?

Problem I tried to remove an app from Settings -> iPhone Storage, but after each installation/un-installation cycle about 100-200mb adds up to disk space (example: after 10 cycles about 2GB might ...
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How to completely remove/uninstall “Disabled Software” from MacOS System Report when a provided uninstall tools + CleanMyMac etc or do not work?

I am having this problem for 5 straight days and tried everything mentioned in various forums without any success (on Catalina 10.15.7). Some help please as I need to completely uninstall/remove this ...
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Why is there no “Restore” or “put back” button in my trash?

There is no restore option when I right click a folder in my trash. Did I do something wrong with my computer to cause it to do away with this option?
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Admin authentication not working on Big Sur

Anything that I am trying to do that requires admin user access is failing. Whether it be moving an app to the trash or making a change to settings (app settings or system settings) it isn't working. ...
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How can I delete folders in /Library/Updates?

I've recently, through DiskDrill found that 18GB of my Macbook Air storage is being taken up by update folder in /Library/Updates. I tried to get rid of them by running various Terminal commands rm -...
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What are the implications of deleting all content of /usr/local?

After many days trying to solve a problem related to the installation of the R package 'rstan' I came to a possible solution that requires "Delete all of /usr/local/. Reinstall all developer ...
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How to delete directory ~/Pictures?

This is on MacOS Catalina, but the same behavior has been observed in prior versions of MacOS. Similar questions have been asked for other default directories in the default home directory, but this ...
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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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