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    Who's using my file that's in the trash?!

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    Question Who's using my file that's in the trash?!
    Hi everyone,

    I am familiar with the error when emptying the trash that a file cannot be deleted because it is in use and 9 times out of 10 I just have to close a program in the dock and it deletes it fine. The problem is if I still get this error without any apps open on the dock is there a way of finding out what is using the file I want to delete? I'd rather not force a delete in case I cause problems.

    All the best
    Simon

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    Who's using my file that's in the trash?!
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    Open the Activity Monitor...

    Applications/Utilities/Activity Monitor....

    Select the file in the Activity Monitor that is causing the "in Use" error... and force quit.

    You can also remove the file with a Terminal Command... Let us know if you'd like that.

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    Who's using my file that's in the trash?!

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    Thank you!

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    Who's using my file that's in the trash?!
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    Glad it helped.

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