How to Delete File on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Deleting files on a Mac is a simple task that can help you free up valuable storage space. Whether you want to remove unnecessary files or make room for new ones, this tutorial will guide you through the process. So, let’s get started!

Step 1: Locate the file you want to delete
To delete a file on your Mac, you first need to locate it. You can find files in various locations such as the Desktop, Documents folder, or any other directory where you have saved them.

Step 2: Select the file
Once you have found the file, simply click on it to select it. If you want to delete multiple files at once, hold down the Command key on your keyboard while selecting each file.

Step 3: Move the file(s) to Trash
With the file(s) selected, right-click on them and choose “Move to Trash” from the context menu that appears. Alternatively, you can also press the Command + Delete keys simultaneously.

  • Note: Moving a file to Trash does not permanently delete it from your Mac. The file will still take up space until you empty the Trash.

Step 4: Emptying the Trash
To completely remove the file(s) from your Mac and reclaim storage space, you need to empty the Trash. Here’s how:

a) Emptying Trash from Finder

  • Open Finder by clicking on its icon in the Dock.
  • In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click on “Finder” and select “Empty Trash”. Alternatively, use the shortcut Command + Shift + Delete.
  • A confirmation dialog will appear asking if you are sure you want to permanently delete the items. Click on “Empty Trash” to proceed.

b) Emptying Trash from Trash Can

  • Double-click on the Trash Can icon on your Desktop to open it.

Note: Once you empty the Trash, the deleted files cannot be recovered unless you have a backup.

Step 5: Confirm file deletion
After emptying the Trash, a final confirmation message will appear, indicating that the files have been permanently deleted. Click on “OK” to close this message.

And that’s it! You have successfully deleted files on your Mac. Remember, deleting unnecessary files regularly can help optimize your Mac’s performance and create more space for new data.

Now that you know how to delete files on a Mac, go ahead and clean up your system by removing any unwanted or redundant files. Enjoy a clutter-free computing experience!

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