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How to delete files from Mac


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#1 altair05

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 04:28 PM

I have a file that I want to delete from my Macbook Pro. I am new to Mac so please explain everything, I'm still getting used to the layout and the shortcuts on the computer.

I tried dragging it to the trash can in the dock.
I tried command dragging and option command dragging and control dragging including control delete.
None of those things work. I was sort of hoping that right clicking would word but it doesn't work.

Any suggestions?

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 09:12 PM

I tried dragging it to the trash can in the dock.
I tried command dragging and option command dragging and control dragging including control delete.
None of those things work. I was sort of hoping that right clicking would word but it doesn't work.

Any suggestions?

What exactly happened when you tried these? Any error messages?
Click once on the file to highlight/choose it then Command + Delete keys moves it to the Trash. Shift + Command + Delete empties the Trash.
Solving Trash Problems

A couple links that will help you in learning OS X.
Mac 101 Getting started with the Mac
Switch 101 Migrate to Mac

Edited by Buddyme2, 17 July 2010 - 09:13 PM.


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Posted 17 July 2010 - 09:31 PM

thanks, ill try these out in the morning. When i did those things, a beeping sound sounded. I'm looking forward to being a mac user, just didn't think that it would take me so much time to get everything down.

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 12:46 PM

Thanks, it worked.

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 10:20 PM

Your welcome. Care to share which one worked for you. Someone with the same problem might benefit from it if they ever find this topic.

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 02:07 PM

Command + Delete works great. Just remember to click on the file then do the deleting part.

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 09:18 AM

Oddly Command + Delete isn't working for me. I've been hoping to find a keyboard shortcut for deleting files. I'm running 10.6.4. Any idea why that would be not working?

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 12:45 PM

Well, I am running the same OS version as you. Umm, try looking the file up in finder and then clicking on it once so that it is highlighted. Then hold command + delete.

See if that works.




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