Error occurs when emptying the trash in macOS

Issue/Question

  • I get an error message telling me that a file is in use when I try to empty the trash

Environment

  • Computing: macOS
  • Computing: Personally-owned Computers
  • Computing: University-owned Computers

Resolution

  1. Restart your computer
  2. When emptying the trash, hold the Option key on your keyboard while you select Empty trash
  3. Select Empty Trash in the window that appears

 

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Article ID: 20896
Created
Mon 12/5/16 9:57 AM
Modified
Thu 3/14/19 11:25 PM
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