Deleting Items From Download Folder Mac

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If you’ve got a lot of files and folders on your Mac, you want to clean up every once in a while to stay organized and make it easier to find specific items.

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IOS files: See iOS backup and firmware files listed individually. To delete an item, move the pointer over the file, then click the Delete button. Trash: In this category, click Empty Trash to erase all the items in the Trash. Move the pointer over a file, then click the Delete button to delete an individual file.

  • First, locate any files or folders that you want to delete. You just click to highlight file and drag it into the handy trash can at the dock at the bottom of the screen. If you change your mind or make a mistake, you can type Command + Z at the same time to undo the last action. Select the file you’d like to get rid of and to drag it down into the trash.

  • Now before you empty all the items in the trash permanently, it’s always smart to take a look at the contents of the trash bin and make sure you didn’t accidentally toss in something important. Just double click on the trash icon at the dock to open the finder window that shows the contents. If there’s something in there that you don’t want to delete, you can click on it and drag it back to a safe location. Otherwise, to empty the trash, press the Command + shift + delete at the same time or you can go up to the finder option, in the top navigation and select empty trash.

  • Now you can only empty the trash when the focus in on the finder. If you’re at another application and you try to use command + shift + delete, it won’t work. You’ll get quick confirmation warning to keep you from doing something. Maybe your cat walked across the keyboard and hit Command + shift + delete. If you’re sure it’s safe to get rid of the files for good, click ok and everything in the trash will be permanently deleted.

  • If you don’t want to confirm “yes” every single time you delete files from the trash, just go back to the finder menu and select preferences. Then in the preferences window, choose advanced and uncheck the box to show warning before emptying the trash. Now you won’t get that prompt any more when you empty the trash bin.

And that’s how you take out the trash in Mac OS X Leopard. If only cleaning your house were this easy.

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System Information User Guide

Use the sidebar of the Storage pane to sort through items by category, see how much space is used, and quickly find documents, apps, books, movies, backups, and other files. Then delete what you no longer need.

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Deleting Items From Download Folder Mac

Note: The categories you see vary, depending on the apps and files on your Mac.

  1. Choose Apple menu > About This Mac, click Storage, then click Manage.

  2. Click a category in the sidebar:

    • Applications, Music, and Books: These categories list files individually. To delete an item, move the pointer over the file name, then click the Delete button .

      Note: If you delete an item that you got from the iTunes Store, the App Store, or Apple Books using your Apple ID, the item is still in iCloud, and you can download it again.

    • Documents: See all the documents on your Mac. You can quickly view large files or downloads by clicking the corresponding button, and sort files by clicking Name, Kind, Last Accessed, or Size near the top of the window. You can also click File Browser to view the contents and amount of storage used by various folders in your file system.

      Note: Some folders and files that are already represented by categories in the sidebar—other than Documents—are dimmed.

      To delete a file, move the pointer over the file, then click the Delete button ; click the magnifying glass to view the file in the Finder.

    • iCloud Drive and Mail: These categories provide general recommendations for optimizing storage. To accept the recommendation, click the button.

    • iOS files: See iOS backup and firmware files listed individually. To delete an item, move the pointer over the file, then click the Delete button .

    • Trash: In this category, click Empty Trash to erase all the items in the Trash. Move the pointer over a file, then click the Delete button to delete an individual file.

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