Let’s say you’ve sent a lot of files to the Trash and you would now like to empty it. You probably know that you can right-click on the Trash icon and choose “Empty Trash” but did you know…yep, you guessed it, there is a keyboard shortcut for that!

Empty the Trash with Finder in focus

This is a general keyboard tip for the Operating System. That is, it applies to the Finder and will have a different effect that the one described here if you use it while using an app, such as Chrome, for example.

fingers on the command, Shift,  and Delete keys

Empty the trash with CMD-Shift-Delete.

While in the Finder, or on the Desktop, which is technically a part of Finder, put your thumb on the key and while holding it down put your index finger on the key and while holding both those down, add you middle finger to the mix by tapping it on the delete key.

Empty the Trash = delete

A small message will pop up asking you are sure you want to permanently erase the items:


pop up confirmation message

Added Option: Permission to take out the Trash

You can bypass the need to confirm that you want to empty the Trash by adding the (option) key. It’s a bit of a handful, literally, but it is not too difficult as you can hold the key down at the same time as the key with your thumb.

Empty the trash without confirmation = delete




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