Mac users have been blessed. Not only do we indulge ourselves on the most flexible and secure platform on planet earth, we can do what just cannot be done easily anywhere else (Windows, I’m looking at you).
Macs can run OS X, Windows, Linux, and various and sundry flavors of Unix. All at the same time if you want. Macs can also delete files without having to send files to the Trash can, and then adding the extra step to delete the files by emptying the aforementioned Trash can. There’s an easier way. Actually, two easier ways.
Trash Me, Baby
What’s the big deal about trashing files, anyway? Open the Finder. Find the files you want to delete. Drag and drop them to the Trash can (or, conversely, use the contextual menu in right-click to Move to Trash). Then, select Empty Trash from the Finder’s menu.
What could be easier? Actually, it could be plenty easier to get rid of unwanted files. The advantage of using the Trash is that it acts as a repository for trashed files which don’t actually get removed from your Mac until you truly, madly, deeply want to delete them. But that’s another step, too.
Trash Without is the Mac utility that lets you delete files from your Mac– HDD, SSD, USB, Memory Card– without going through the multiple step options above.
Drag and drop and delete. Not bad for 99-cents. But there are really three ways to delete files using Trash Without.
- Drag & drop files to the application icon in the Dock.
- Drag & drop files to the application icon in the Toolbar.
- Select files for deletion using the dialog box.
Each of the three simple methods avoids the Trash can entirely so there are no extra steps.
If your Mac is running OS X El Capitan there’s a similar shortcut. Select the file in the Finder. Press the Option key on the keyboard while you click on the Finder’s File menu. Down near the bottom is a Delete Immediately option.
Whether free or 99-cents, both methods make it much easier to delete files without dragging them to the Trash first. Oh, and don’t forget that there’s no Undo.