Mac Tip Podcast – #031 – Trashing Protected or Locked files

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Summary: ( In this episode of Mac Tip Podcast; Trashing Protected or Locked files Subscribe to this Show( Download Episode: Click here ( Sponsors: GotoMeeting Hold your meetings online for just $49/mo. Try GoToMeeting FREE for 30 days. ( And by Hostgator with 99.9% uptime, 45 Day Money Back Guarantee and plans as low as $4.95. Visit for more Info ( Show Notes: I use an application called Appzapper, found at ( this app allows you to get rid of the useless cruft that apps have left on mac, What Appzapper does is once you have dragged an app into the app; it preforms a scan the app to see whether there are any extra files that the app may have placed on your system when you launched or installed an app. Once the scan has been preformed, it allows you delete the cruft with a single click. It can't get any easier than that. But, some times what will happen is a file or app will be locked or protected, and will not allow you to remove it from your trash. This may happen with any file including applications, documents, movies, or music, it all depends on where or whom you got the file from. This next tip uses a hidden feature of Mac OS X to force the Trash to empty, weather or not the files are protected or locked. To do this perform the following steps in the order specified: * Press and hold the mouse button on the Trash icon in the Dock. The context menu for Trash will display. * Press and hold the Option key also known as the alt Key. * Select Empty Trash from the context menu. * Click and release Empty Trash. * And finely release the Option key. Now your mac will completely trash anything that might have been protected or locked. And that going to do it for this episode of Mac Tip Podcast I hope you enjoyed it. The music for this podcast, preformed by Professor Kliq and announced by Josh Philpott. If you have any comments, questions or tips? Please leave them on the Web site, send them to, or you can also call into the hot-line at (304) 449-4335. Have twitter? We do to @MacTipPodcast I bet you used iTunes to download this show, and who doesn't, you could write a review, it would help the show greatly. And from Mac Tip Podcast I'm Ben Straw, Thank you and Stay Subscribed.