8 Replies Latest reply: Dec 5, 2010 9:16 PM by Kappy
rmacia Level 1 Level 1
Every time I try to empty the trash I get a message that says this;

“.Trash” can’t be opened right now because it’s being used by another task, such as moving or copying an item or emptying the Trash. Try again when the current task is complete.
would appreciate any help.
thank you

using my iMac 2.16

Powerbook G4 1.0 15"/ iMac G5 2.16 24", Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10
    First, check to be sure you don't have any Trash operation underway. In the Windows menu of the Finder you will see a list of open Finder windows including any for current Trash operations. You also may have an operation that has resulted in an error dialog that is hidden. It needs to be dismissed before performing a new Trash operation.

    For other related issues visit The XLab FAQs and read the FAQ on resolving Trash problems.
  • rmacia Level 1 Level 1
    I don't understand what you are saying.
    I go to the Window dropdown menu.
    What do I do ?
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10
    Activate the Finder's window. In the Finder's menubar at the top click on the Windows menu. At the bottom should be a list of open windows, if any, other than the current one. If one is there labeled Trash, then select it. If there is no such window listed then visit the link I provided.
  • rmacia Level 1 Level 1
    There is no list of open windows.
    I will go to the link you provided
  • rmacia Level 1 Level 1
    I am lost.
    The site you sent me to super complicated.
    Is there anything I can do?
  • Limnos Level 9 Level 9
    Restart your computer and see if that clears it up.
  • rmacia Level 1 Level 1
    I owe you a beer Limnos.
    That cleared it up
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10
    Then take your computer to an Apple retailer or service center for help. I can't do more for you than that site without being similarly complicated. Here's what you can try:

    Open the Terminal application in your Utilities folder. At the prompt paste the following line:
    sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash
    Press RETURN. You will be asked to enter your admin password which will not be echoed.

    Now logout and log back in.