I have some tmp files in my Dowloads folder, one that is 2.7 GB. I want to delete it, but it is locked. How can I unlock it for deletion.
Get Info on the file, and if the "locked" checkbox is checkmarked, uncheck it. If that doesn't help, try just restarting your Mac. If the file is being held onto by the operating system, that should release it and allow you to empty the trash.
Yeah, I guess I should have mentioned that I already did the Get Info and the locked checkbox is greyed out for each of the files.
The reboot did not unlock the files either.
Apple has some additional suggestions here:
or you can try a third-party utility such as Trash-It (free):
Did you try automator running this action?
You can get it from here if you don't have it:
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