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  1. #1
    joedavis5
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    Can't empty trash?
    Whenever I try emptying the trash, I get a message saying "The operation cannot be completed because the item 'wmphelp.htm' is locked." and it has stop or continue.. If I hit continue, it comes up with another item like "Wmpicon.gif" and so on and so one..It never leaves.

    Any ideas, because I need to empty some of the stuff in my trash.

  2. #2
    Can't empty trash?
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    Go into the files in your trash that have padlocks on them, when you highlight the icon press "apple" and "I" on your keyboard to bring up the info, there should be something that says locked which is checked, uncheck it then you can delete it.
    Back with the mac!

  3. #3
    joedavis5
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    The thing is I can't see the item in my trash

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    Can't empty trash?
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    Then it must be a hidden file which you can't view on macs
    Back with the mac!

  5. #5
    joedavis5
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    So how do I get rid of it?

  6. #6
    joedavis5
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    I know I deleted stuff off of my usb thumb drive that I had plugged into a PC at school... So I guess that's why then?

  7. #7
    Can't empty trash?
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    What is it you are deleting exactly?
    Back with the mac!

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    Can't empty trash?
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    Select 'Finder' from the menu bar, and click 'Secure empty trash'

    That normally works for me...

  9. #9
    joedavis5
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    Secure Empty trash still doesn't allow me to delete it.

    I'm just deleting like files I don't need like some work I did for school that I transferred over to my mac mini

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    Since you seemed to have missed the sticky at the top of this forum, allow me to move this to the correct place.
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    Can't empty trash?
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    i dont have no mac's
    control+shift+option+delete
    that should delete everything in your trash can with no need to run around unlocking files. just make sure you really want to delete them becore y ou do this because it just deletes wihtout asking
    MoTM honor roll...
    when?
    i dont remember

  12. #12
    joedavis5
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    Still not working...

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    Can't empty trash?
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    Close all of your programs and reboot. Then empty trash before opening anything.
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  14. #14
    joedavis5
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    Still getting the same error

  15. #15
    joedavis5
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    ive narrowed it down to windows media player... and I have two copies of it in my trash... It was on my thumb drive.. maybe if I plug the thumb drive back in I can delete it?

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