How to Delete a Folder on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Deleting a folder on a Mac is a simple task that can help you free up storage space or remove unnecessary files. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to delete a folder on your Mac using different methods.

Method 1: Using the Finder

To delete a folder using the Finder, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open the Finder by clicking on its icon in the dock or by pressing Command + Space and typing “Finder” in the Spotlight search bar.
  2. Step 2: Navigate to the folder you want to delete. You can do this by clicking on the desired location in the sidebar or by using the search bar at the top-right corner of the Finder window.
  3. Step 3: Once you have located the folder, right-click on it (or hold down Control and click) to open a contextual menu.
  4. Step 4: From the contextual menu, select “Move to Trash.” Alternatively, you can press Command + Delete as a shortcut for moving items to trash.

Method 2: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Select the folder you want to delete by clicking on it once.
  2. Step 2: Press Command + Delete to move the selected folder directly to trash.

Method 3: Deleting from Sidebar

You can also delete a folder directly from the sidebar. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Open a Finder window.
  2. Step 2: Locate the folder you want to delete in the sidebar.
  3. Step 3: Right-click on the folder or hold down Control and click to open a contextual menu.
  4. Step 4: Choose “Move to Trash” from the contextual menu to delete the folder.

Method 4: Using Terminal

If you prefer using Terminal, here’s how you can delete a folder:

  1. Step 1: Launch Terminal by navigating to Applications > Utilities > Terminal or by searching for it in Spotlight.
  2. Step 2: In the Terminal window, type “cd ” (without quotes) followed by the path of the folder you want to delete. For example, if your folder is located on your desktop, you would type: cd ~/Desktop/
  3. Step 3: Press Enter to navigate to the specified directory.
  4. Step 4: Once inside the directory, type “rm -rf ” (without quotes) followed by the name of the folder you want to delete. For example, if your folder is named “my_folder,” you would type: rm -rf my_folder
  5. Note:
    The “-rf” option is used to forcefully remove both files and directories within the specified directory.
    Please exercise caution when using this command as it permanently deletes files and folders without confirmation.
    If you’re unsure about using Terminal, it’s best to use one of the previous methods mentioned above.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned different methods to delete a folder on your Mac. Choose the method that suits you best and start organizing your files efficiently.

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