7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 27, 2008 2:06 PM by BDAqua
Max Hopper Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
The "empty trash" command has disappeared from my finder menu. "secure empty" is still there but no simple empty. I can find no pref to recover. The keyboard "shortcut" to simple empty no longer works either. I am mystified. 10.4.11, iMac 17 1Ghz

IMac17-1Ghz,StarMax6000&3000, Misc PPC PwrBooks, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,125 points)
    Welcome to the forums Max!

    Done any maintenance like Verify the HD or Repair Permissions lately?
  • Max Hopper Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    BD, Thanks for your reply. Steps so far:

    All diagnostics/repairs in Disk Warrior, First-Aid, Permissions, TekTool, current Apple omnibus OSX updater, Mac Scan. If you think of any thing else I can run, I certainly will.

    Still no joy. Am resisting clean install but may have to go there. Hoping for a less drastic solution. Are there any apps known to either "option" trash emptying or force "secure" on file deletion? I don't think I have any but could have inadvertently activated some arcane "feature." Mac user since '84 and have not seen anything quite like this. Still mystified.
    max
  • Charles Minow Level 6 Level 6 (9,190 points)
    Max--

    Still no joy. Am resisting clean install but may have to go there. Hoping for a less drastic solution.


    Have you tried creating a different user? If the menu item shows up in a different user's account, then it's a preferences setting and not a damaged Finder application.

    Since your signature indicates you have other Macs, you could try copying the Finder app over from one of the other ones if it does look like it's damaged. Obviously, it's a really good idea if they're running the same version of the OS, with all the same patches and updates. And they should be the same architecture (i.e., both PPC or both Intel).

    The Finder is in /System/Library/CoreServices. You'll probably have to relaunch the Finder in order to see the new one. First try it with the "Force Quit" menu item in the Apple menu, then log out and log back in or reboot...

    charlie
  • philo2 Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
    Hi Max
    have a try with "Empty and recreate your account's Trash." at [XLab|http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/trash.html]
    Hope that helps P
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,125 points)
    If Charlie's great suggestion of another User works, then you just have to trash this for your main user...

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
  • Max Hopper Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    My sincere appreciation to all of you who responded to my question. Charlie's suggestion did indeed work. *Creating a new user identified the problem as a preference.* Deletion of the original user finder pref/plist did the trick. (thanks, BD) Now I will stay up nights trying to find just what I did to change a pref I have never known to be a user variable...
    kudos to all.
    max
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,125 points)
    Now I will stay up nights trying to find just what I did to change a pref I have never known to be a user variable...


    Nah, just write it off to one in a quintillion bits getting flipped, or a passing Gamma Ray, it's not likely something you did by accident, or even on purpose!