Can't Delete Files in Trash Called "Locked Items"

You might have noticed when you move certain files to the your trash bin that you can't empty the trash and then also getting a message saying "There are some locked items in the Trash".

There are numerous reasons for this, but one of them might be that you have a file on your local drive that has a lock originating from your Mac or another user. If you have Administrator access and there aren't very many files you are trying to delete, you could simply select the file or files with the lock.


Simply type Command + I for Get Info. In this case, you will see there is a little check box marked Locked, and the easy fix should be to uncheck this box.

Another cause of a file being locked in the trash might be that you are attempting to delete certain files from a Windows machine or Windows formatted hard drive. In this case, it can be quite a pain to find a direct way to get to each file to make them easy for you to delete.

The ultimate solution to most of these problems is to simply hold down the Option key and click Empty Trash from the Finder menu as well as right-clicking and selecting it there.

3 Comments:

Anonymous at: October 4, 2013 at 1:55 PM said...

Brilliant the "ultimate solution" solved my problem. Thank you.

Anonymous at: April 3, 2014 at 12:21 PM said...

Great help, thank you!!!

{ Cat SHIZUKA } at: August 14, 2014 at 4:01 PM said...

great! thanks! that helps, i think my problem was "Another cause of a file being locked in the trash might be that you are attempting to delete certain files from a Windows machine or Windows formatted hard drive. In this case, it can be quite a pain to find a direct way to get to each file to make them easy for you to delete. "

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