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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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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Deleting Contacts [closed]

I recently added an iPhone for my daughter to my account. My phone and the new phone synced taking all my contacts to her phone. When I deleted two numbers from her contact list, they also 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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What's the meaning of “These photos will also be deleted from Photo Stream on all your devices”?

I have iCloud Photos, and for a period had iCloud enabled on my iPhone (6, 12.1.2). Then I had disabled iCloud on the phone to free space. Some photos still stayed on the phone and I didn't delete ...
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Downloaded ibooks get deleted when icloud sync is turned off, even under airplane mode

Recently, I had all my iBooks deleted from local storage as detailed in this question: Books automatically deletes my books when offline, and when there is enough space on device. I went through and ...
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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 ...
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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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erase usb pen drive with format ISO 9660 protection

It seems that diskutil is unable to erase/format my pen drive with the format ISO 9660 (Joliet), it appears to be a "CD like protection" thanks
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How to recover storage from “Videos” pseudo app?

With the goal of recovering storage space, I attempted to delete the Apple TV App. This app was still taking up 490MB of "Documents and Data" storage after I deleted all videos I could manually delete ...
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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 ...
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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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In iMovie 10, how do you trim the middle of background audio?

I'm using iMovie 10.1.12 on Mac Mojave. I have set an audio clip for some background music. I was wondering if I could remove the middle of part of that clip. I left clicked where I wanted to begin ...
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Qemu Files not deleting “No Such File Or Directory Found”

I have some malware that installed crypto mining on my mac - I'm trying to delete all the files in terminal but keep coming up with "No Such File Or Directory Found" as an error. I'm tearing my hair ...
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I can't delete photos on my iPhone 4s even though the delete button is there, why?

I've selected the photos I want to delete but, the delete button isn't turning blue. They were all taken on the iPhone but, the sim card has been removed. Do I need the sim card or not to delete the ...
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MacOS 10.13.6 Can't delete or remove applications

I can't locate the following files. I have removed it manually at file finder but it is still stuck here at the system information. Now I can't update my MacOs because I am running out of space. If I ...
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Does the Console app in macOS keep a log of when I deleted a certain file?

Today a weird thing happened while I was copying two large files from my Mac to my hard drive. The two files vanished from the original folder on my Mac during copying! And in the end, I got a warning ...
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Forward deleting (Macports/bash): Is there an alternative to Fn+Delete and Control+D?

As a more general version to this question, is there a way to forward-delete in a bash terminal that doesn't involve Fn+Delete or Control+D? Motivation: When using the Macports port command ...
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How to delete app data from iCloud?

I had an app called Ulysses classic. I'm not using it anymore, so I want to delete it. I select Delete documents & data under System Preferences → iCloud → Manage, but it didn't work and app ...
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What would happen if I deleted AdSheet.app and iAdOptOut.app (iOS)

I have an iPhone 6s, jailbroken running iOS 10.3.3. In /Applications/, there are two apps, one named AdSheet and the other names iAdOptOut. What would happen if I deleted these with terminal? Would I ...
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How do I delete photos from my iPhone without also deleting them from my Mac (both are connected to iCloud)

I currently have about 7k-8k photos and videos stored on my Mac. Recently, I purchased 200 GB iCloud plan so I can have access to all my photos and videos on my iPhone. I dragged my Photos library ...
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Deleting empty Directory with File's Ghosts?

I am trying to delete bunch of directories appearing to be empty amr@MacBook ~/folders> ls -la -R total 24 drwxrwxrwx 6 amr staff 192 Mar 9 14:37 . drwx---r-x+ 40 amr staff 1280 ...
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'Team Forestress 2' won't delete?

It takes up a lot of storage(20 GB), and I can't locate it in finder either. I can only see it in storage settings, where it won't delete. I also don't have steam anymore.
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Can't delete time machine backups - error 8072 [duplicate]

I am not able to delete permanently time machine backups from an external hard drive which are now in my trash. After an hour or so « deleting items » and a growing number, I get « the operation can’t ...
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Deleting backups

On iOS, if I delete a backup will I still have all of my photos, even on my photo stream? I would like to know as my iCloud storage is running out so I want to get rid of my old backup and make a new ...
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Can't delete text messages

I want to delete certain texts within a coversation on my Iphone 8+ version 12.1.2. I've rebooted my iphone and i am still only getting "copy" at the bottom of the screen instead of "more." I do I ...
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How do I uninstall Trend Micro Security Agent?

I have been trying to uninstall the Trend Micro anti-virus software on my Mac (10.13.6) and have been encountering a lot of difficulty. Trend Micro's website refers to a couple of uninstaller options, ...
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In Finder and Terminal — can not delete a folder, (Error = “Directory not empty”)

Anytime I've run up against this in the past, I was always able to figure it out, and usually via the command line. I'll list all the commands I tried so far, followed by other things I've tried below ...
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How do I delete data on my iPad Mini 3?

I would like to start over on one of my games. But each time I deleted it and downloaded it again, my data was still there. I’m not sure how to get rid of it. It is updated.
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Will anything bad happen if I just delete my thumbnail cache?

I keep data on a thumb drive and sometimes my laptop gets hot running quicklookd presumably trying to make thumbnails of all of the files on the thumb drive. The high runner file types are images, ...
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How do I recover lost photos from iCloud. They are not in recently deleted

My sister has lost upwards of 400 pictures in an accidental deleting spree. She deleted the photos from her iPhone and it chose to delete it from iCloud too, which is not a big deal in itself, but ...
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can't delete unused kext in mojave

I can't delete this High Sierra kext: AirPortAtheros40.kext I tried in single user mode, or as root. It won't delete! The kext is not loaded. This is the output from terminal Desktop $ sudo rm -rf ...
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deleting java from system library on mac

I can't delete java from my mac. I tried deleting it from system/Library, but it says the os mac system needs it. I want to install an older version because a specific website needs it, but it keeps ...
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Delete certain file from TimeMachine using tmutil [duplicate]

I want to delete a certain file from TimeMachine. Using "Delete all backups of..." from the gear/context menu doesn't do anything. No warning/error message appears. What I've found is that messing ...
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Secure delete removed in OSX 10.11 [duplicate]

In OSX 10.10 there was an option to go to Finder > Empty Trash or Finder > Secure Empty Trash In OSX 10.11 there now only seems to be an option for Finder > Empty Trash Any ideas way i can ...
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How do I delete qmasterd in Incompatible Software folder?

I have this pesky file "qmasterd" that has been moved to the "Incompatible Software" folder by the macOS Installer. It must have been lying around on my Mac from years ago when I had Final Cut Pro v6 ...
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How do I get rid of a null app [duplicate]

I have a null app which is quite annoying, I’ve searched up how to delete it but they all say go to storage and delete it from their but the app isn’t in storage and I haven’t found a way to delete it ...
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How can I delete all network users on startup or shutdown?

I want to run this script before any student logs into the computers daily. #!/bin/sh mv /Users/admin /admin wait $pid mv /Users/Shared /Shared wait $pid rm -rf /Users/* wait $pid mv /admin /...
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iTerm2 shortcut for deleting selected

I've set some shortcuts in iTerm2, but I cannot find how to set MS Windows style cut functionality. I want to select some text (which I am able to) and then cut/past it somewhere else. I want also to ...
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How to securely `shred` a file in Mojave/APFS?

I just came across this thread about securely deleting files: If, by stroke of misfortune, you're on a magnetic medium, have journalling disabled and, for some reason, can't encrypt the disk, ...
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Recovering a deleted file on MacOS

There is an old Unix trick for attempting to recover a deleted file where you run $ sudo grep -C100 string-known-to-be-in-file /dev/sda1 which takes a very long time, but can at least recover a ...

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