5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 1, 2008 1:22 AM by Lennysapple
kMacState7 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Some how I changed the empty trash shortcut to secure empty trash, and it is really annoying. I hate waiting for the trash to be deleted.

I have been searching up and down in the keyboard preferences for this, but I can't find it. I have tried the restore defaults, but that didn't work either.

Help!!!

Thanks!

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • 1. Re: Empty Trash Shortcut
    Bob Beichner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Command-Shift-Delete does the trick. Also include the Option key if you locked files.
  • 2. Re: Empty Trash Shortcut
    kMacState7 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    thats the problem....command shift delete secure empties the trash now....it want to change it back to the way it used to be
  • 3. Re: Empty Trash Shortcut
    Lennysapple Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Same goes for me. Ever since I updated from Tiger to Leopard, my short cut key command is now doing a "empty trash safe". And for my mostly used simple "empty the trash", I cannot define a key command. Would be nice not having to deal with such changes, every time you do an update, or at least give us an option, back to "our routine key commands".

    Any fix idea will be appreciated much.
    Happy new year!
  • 4. Re: Empty Trash Shortcut
    biovizier Level 5 Level 5 (7,925 points)
    There's a new option in "Finder" > "Preferences" (⌘,) under the "Advanced" tab, for "Empty trash securely". If that option is selected, the usual keyboard combination will invoke "secure empty Trash" instead of the standard empty Trash.

    However, note that unlike Tiger or Panther, "secure empty Trash" itself in Leopard is somewhat insecure. In the past, if it failed, the file remained in the "Trash" making it obvious that it did not work. In Leopard, under some circumstances, "secure empty Trash" can fail silently, yet the file is removed from the "Trash", i.e. it is insecurely deleted. Unbeknownst to the user, sensitive information could be left in a recoverable state on the hard drive.

    So I wouldn't trust the feature at all in its current state.
  • 5. Re: Empty Trash Shortcut
    Lennysapple Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks much !!!! Fixed it for me.
    Just wanted to be able to use my old key command for a regular empty trash command. Should I ever be selling my macbook, I'd do a secure hard drive cleaning anyhow.