How to Empty Trash on Mac [FOR BEGINNERS]

If you recently switched from a PC from Windows to Mac, you might already have noticed that macOS also has the Trash you need

clean from time to time.

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On a Mac, you can empty the trash completely or delete only some files from it. In addition, you can automatically empty the basket, which is very convenient. We will talk about all this below.

  • How to delete files from Recycle Bin on Mac completely
  • How to delete some files from the Recycle Bin
  • How to recover files from macOS Recycle Bin
  • How to automatically empty the trash
  • How to empty the Trash through the Terminal

How to delete files from Recycle Bin on Mac completely

There are four different ways to empty the basket completely.

Method 1: The Recycle Bin icon is located on your Mac's Dock. Using it is easiest to empty the basket. Right-click on the icon and select Empty trash.

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Method 2: You can open the basket and press the button Clear in the upper right corner.

Method 3: When the Cart is open, you can also right-click in the window and select Empty trash in the menu that appears.

Method 4: On the menu bar, select Finder > Empty trash.

How to delete some files from the Recycle Bin

If you need to delete only some files, this can also be done extremely easily. To do this, right-click on the file you want to delete and select Delete immediately on the menu.

How to recover files from macOS Recycle Bin

When you empty the trash, all files from it will disappear forever. If you deleted a file, but then changed your mind and wanted to leave it, right-click on it in the Trash and select Return on the menu.

How to automatically empty the trash

If you do not want to constantly empty the Trash manually, this can be done automatically.

one) On the menu bar, select Finder > Settings.

2) Select tab Additions.

3) Check the box next to Delete items from the Trash after 30 days.

How to empty the Trash through the Terminal

Perhaps you are used to working on the command line, or you want to get used to the Terminal program. Through it you can clean the basket.

Open the Terminal program from the Utility folder. Then open the trash.

one) In the Terminal window, enter the following command:

sudo rm –R

(be sure to put a space after the letter R)

Do not press the key Return/Enter.

2) Select all, one or more files in the Recycle Bin that you want to delete, and drag them into the Terminal window. The file names will appear in the window.

3) Now click Return / Enter.

four) Enter your Mac password and click Return/Enter.

Files will be deleted from the Recycle Bin.

As you can see, there are many ways to empty the Recycle Bin on a Mac, and you can use the one that seems most convenient and fast to you.