No command is working. No keyboard shortcut helps. Have you tried to solve the typical situations like ‘file in use’ and ‘locked file’? Do you still find it impossible to Empty Trash? It may seem that you will never delete the files from your Trash on macOS. Both older versions like El Capitan and newer operating systems like Mojave might benefit from Force Empty Trash, but it is not always secure. You might need the help of your Terminal or third-party apps. So, here is how to Empty Trash or get rid of any item stored in the Trashcan.
First, discover how to do it with the help of a native utility called Terminal. Here, a Mac owner can issue any commands, and emptying trash is just one of them. Follow these instructions:
- Go to Applications
- Launch Terminal.
- Enter cd ~/.Trash and push Return.
- Enter sudo rm –R followed by a space.
- Select the Trash icon in the Dock to launch a window with the information regarding all items stored in the Trash.
- Pick everything you see and move to the Terminal window. This way, the user places the paths of all those items into the rm