For a variety of reasons some files seem to get ‘stuck’ in the Mac’s Trash. Even when you select Empty Trash from the Finder the files just won’t go away. What can you do? Whatever it is, it better be free, right?
Free Is Better
Let’s call stubborn those files in the Trash which refuse to go away. They’re not necessarily causing any mischief, but Empty Trash is just an empty phrase if the Trash doesn’t empty.
The reason some files just won’t accept the Empty Trash command usually has to do with a file permission that’s gone awry.
There are a number of ways such errant files can be deleted, even permanently, but a few of the tricks involve a trip to the scary Terminal.app and some arcane keyboard commands.
Or, simply download Trash It! and make Trash can emptying problems a thing of the past.
This free Mac utility is based on AppleScript and it simply force empties whatever happens to be in the Trash can at the moment.
Using Trash It! is typical Mac easy. Click one of two buttons.
That’s pretty much it. So far, Trash It! has never failed to empty the Trash of wayward and stubborn files that simply refuse to passover to that digital afterlife in the sky.
Not bad for free, right?
The only caveat is that on newer versions of OS X you’ll probably have to open System Preferences > Security & Privacy and click the Allow Apps Downloaded From… section to allow Trash It! to work properly. Otherwise, it just works.