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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Can I delete unnecessary device simulators of Xcode?

I found that Xcode on my laptop consumes much of its storage, so I am trying to delete unnecessary files in Xcode. There are four directories under Application/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/....
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how to check if it is safe to delete iNode file (or how to inspect its contents)?

How do I check if it is safe to delete the following file? $ cd /lost+found/ $ file iNode44670523 iNode46670523: xar archive -version 1 Note: the date of the file indicates it is about 1 year old. ...
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Disk space not freed up after deleting files and emptying Trash

I had approximately 50Gb of Windows VMs on my MacBook Pro internal SSD (128Gb) (OS X 10.7.3). I copied them to an external drive, then deleted them from the internal drive, then emptied the Trash. ...
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Is it safe to erase ~Library/Developer?

In the user Library, there is a Developer folder with about 3.2 GB of space (2.8GB from DocSets and the rest mainly from Xcode/iOS DeviceSupport). I had Xcode installed, I presume these are from that? ...
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How to remove app which is greyed out, can't be deleted, won't open and doesn't appear in apps list?

I have this app with a greyed out icon which I'm trying to delete. I tap and hold, and it asks me if I want to delete it and its data. I confirm and nothing happens. I try to open it and nothing ...
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How to cleanly remove MacPorts

I'd like to cleanly remove all changes made by MacPorts as well as MacPorts itself, to try my luck with homebrew. How can I do that?
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I deleted my Bootcamp partition but can't resize my OS X partition

I didn't realize this would cause issues, but I used Disk Utility to delete my Bootcamp partition and then tried to resize my main partition to fill the disk. This causes an error and I searched for ...
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Removing personal data from OSX without deleting user or reinstalling OS

I will be returning my work machine to my employer soon and I would like to leave little or no personal trace on the machine. I am not able to create a new user, delete my user, access the ...
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Delete all backups of specific file/folder with tmutil

I'm trying to delete all backups of specific items through the command line. I can accomplish this using the GUI through the following steps: Enter Time Machine Navigate to the file to be deleted ...
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Unable to delete a User Account on Yosemite

I had a user account of my ex boyfriend installed on my Mac. I want to completely delete it but it has been over a week now that it has been saying "deleting account.." under the user name. When I ...
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“Directory not empty” sudo rm -r -i “file name” not working

I tried moving some backup files to my trash so that I could free up some space on the backup drive. Using Finder, I was able to empty the trash can with the exception of one directory that remains ...
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What will occur if the .DocumentRevisions-V100 folder is deleted?

This post concerns the folder located at the following file path: /.DocumentRevisions-V100 I right-clicked this folder in Finder.app and selected Get Info. After several minutes of waiting, the "...
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Automatically delete a folder daily

Is there a way to automatically have a folder deleted every day at 4am? I'm running 10.6.7.
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How do I delete files from a timemachine backup

So my mac was acting very slow and so I backed up all my files to an external hard drive using time machine and then proceeded to restart the entire mac. Now that I plug in my hard drive with my back ...
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How do I remove or disable the Photos app in El Capitan?

When I try to drag Photos.app or certain other bundled system apps to the trash in El Capitan, I get the error “Photos.app” can’t be modified or deleted because it’s required by OS X. The solution ...
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Folder cannot be deleted from Trash

I have three nested folders in my trash: folder1/folder2/folder3. They were on an external FAT32 drive but were deleted, along with all the files inside them, a while ago. When I try to empty the ...
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How to display a 'delete button' on the touchbar?

I recently got a new MacbookPro with the Touch Bar, I would like to add a button to the control strip that acts like a typical delete key, AKA it removes the character in front of the cursor. Is it ...
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Delete Mails in Mac Mail without Trash

How can I delete an email in Mac Mail instantly without moving it to the trash? I don't want to look at the spam crap twice :-) UPDATE: I want to do this because I have some very old mails in my ...
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In Excel, how do you delete line breaks?

In Excel, how do you delete line breaks globally? It's totally messing up my text-to-column I need to do.
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Deleting all photos from iCloud

I want to free up iCloud storage by deleting photos that are backed up elsewhere. How can I delete photos from iCloud without deleting them from my iPhone?
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How to delete synced photos from iPhone without connecting to mac? [duplicate]

I have synced a folder which contains some pictures to my iPhone. The synced photos are successfully copied to my iPhone. But I can not see any "delete" option in my iPhone to remove the synced photos....
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Delete a TextEdit document in iCloud

I would like to delete a TextEdit document stored in iCould. The only solution I found was to open the document move the document to the hard disk "File → Move To ..." delete it locally Any ...
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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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Securely erase all user data on an old iBook

I have an old iBook (Model A1007) that I would like to donate, but first I need to delete all of the last user's data so that it is not recoverable. With Windows machines, I usually do this by running ...
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Why can't I delete messages from my IMAP account on my iPhone 4?

I have an iPhone 4 and have set up mail with an IMAP account. When I delete a message a popup says Unable to move message - The message could not be moved to the trash folder. How can I fix this?
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How do I delete pictures of my iPhone which wont delete?

My iPhone 5 has an album which has been saved onto it through iTunes from another laptop, when I try and delete the album through iTunes it doesn't seem to give me the option to do so. If anyone could ...
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Delete TotalFinder Mavericks

since I updated to mavericks. I do not use totalFinder anymore. I deleted it first, but on every start i get this failure message. I already searched the developer site for help. But nothing helped. ...
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How do I delete an app purchased through the Mac App Store?

I notice that apps downloaded through the Mac App Store are placed in the /Applications folder on my Mac. Is there any special procedure to delete them, or can I just drag them to the trash like I can ...
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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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Can I delete my local photo library now that all my photos are on iCloud?

I updated to the new OS X last night and uploaded my 70gigs worth of photos to iCloud. I plan on doing a backup on my raid as well, just to be safe, but am I okay to delete all my photos that are ...
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I have deleted all photos from my iPhone 4s but phone usage and iTunes still show 16gb of photos

I had 25GB of photos on my 4s. I have deleted all of them, some via the photos app, and some via windows explorer. Unfortunately, phone usage and iTunes is still showing 16GB of photos. I backed up ...
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Folder with nothing in it is still using up space

I have a folder with absolutely nothing in it. Zero. I made sure there was no hidden files in it, by typing "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES." into my terminal. There is ...
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Mac OSX Recovery Mode Terminal: rm -rf doesn't delete anything

I have a seemingly broken MacBook Air that doesn't boot, but I can get into the recovery console. If I try to reinstall Mac OSX on the main disk (Macintosh HD aka /dev/disk1s2), the installer ...
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OS X: Shift + Delete = Forward delete annoyance

Has anyone noticed this strange behavior of OS X El Capitan regarding forward delete? The usual keyboard shortcut for this on keyboards that have no distinct forward delete button is fn + delete, ...
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How do I check where the file in .Trash was removed from? [duplicate]

I've some files appearing in Trash folder. How do I check from where they were removed? I've Tried 'Get Info', but it doesn't tell me from where it was removed. The only option I've is 'Put Back', ...
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Easy way to permanently delete all photos and videos from iPad/iPhone

It seems really hard to me to permanently delete all photos and videos from iPad. I tried different solutions, like: Transferring them using iPhoto and then deleting them by iPhoto Using iTunes to ...
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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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What is safe to delete in order for system to work properly?

I'm looking for anything that can be deleted and that don't required by system to work properly. So far I'm delete DVD Player.app, Chess.app, Photo Booth.app, Stickies.app, Dashboard, Launchpad.app ...
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Securely erase deleted files?

I was wondering if it's possible to make sure that some files I've deleted in the past on my mac are really gone? I know about the option in Finder (Finder -> Secure Empty Trash...), but what if I ...
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Unable to delete a file/folder

I've got a pretty scary problem. Yesterday I wanted to empty the trash but somewhere in the process it just hung up. I rebooted a few times and tried it again and again but with no result. I then ...
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One message that cannot be deleted on iPhone 4

I have a single message in Mail on my iPhone 4 that just cannot be deleted. I get a popup saying Unable to move message - The message could not be moved to the trash folder. I'm using the latest ...
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How do you delete Dropbox from OS X Yosemite?

So this seems like an obvious one, but after some searching around the web and Dropbox's bad help section I've really come unstuck with this. I'm trying to delete the official Dropbox app from my ...
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How do I delete a locked, invisible file in the Trash?

On an external disk (that contains a clone), the /.Trashes/501/Users/myusername/Desktop folder contains (within some subfolders) a locked invisible file that I cannot delete. The whole folder starting ...
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Can app creators continue to access my data after I delete their app?

I know that once I have subscribed to a given app, that I have granted permissions to the author to access various bits of information. but,my question is - what happens when I delete the app from ...
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Unable to delete a file

I have a file on my system named "2011.09.08įU0.G80.Šsl" that I'm unable to delete. Here are the different steps I've tried, but haven't had any success with yet: sudo rm file - Results in "No such ...
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Deleting a file from inside Lion’s Preview.app

In Snow Leopard it was possible to delete (i.e. move to Trash) a file directly from inside Preview.app using the cmd + backspace combination. (The same combination which is used in Finder.) This was ...
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Delete a currently-open file directly in the application?

OS X's ability to rename or move a currently-open file right inside the application is really handy: To take it one step further, is there a trick to actually delete the current file inside the app ...
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USB Drives always need to be formatted to delete items

I have a MacBook Air running Lion. Issue is I cannot delete things from USB sticks. The icons disappear but if I try to copy something on I get a not enough space error message. I can format the ...
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Can't delete old TimeMachine backup

In terminal, trying to do the following: $ sudo tmutil delete /Volumes/BACKUP/Backups.backupdb/lappy/2014-11-02-005458/ Deleting: /Volumes/BACKUP/Backups.backupdb/lappy/2014-11-02-005458 I get ...
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Why does the combination fn+⌘+delete doesn't work?

As a new user of MacOS - coming from the Windows world -, I'm trying to quickly learn how the Delete key works here and what are the possible combinations with other keys. However, while listed in ...

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