1 Reply Latest reply: Sep 19, 2011 10:22 PM by yawns
jessamae Level 1 Level 1

I have an excel file on my desktop named "77B72200" that will not move to the trash! It's driving me nuts and it won't even move into another folder or anything, it is completely unresponsive. I am almost positive that it appeared there when I downloaded the Solver Premium for Mac 15 day trial... however I deleted the program... HOW do I get this file off of my desk top???




MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.1)
  • yawns Level 1 Level 1

    You can probably delete it from the terminal. Open one and type the following:


    cd ~/Desktop


    You should see the file listed here. Note the full name with its extension. e.g., 77B72200.xls or 77B72200.xlsx or something. Make sure you only reference this file in the following. Now type:


    rm -rf 77B72200.xls


    Or whatever the file name is.


    If that fails because, "permission denied," do:

    sudo rm -rf 77B72200.xls


    It'll ask for your password, so type that in.


    I think people blow the terminal and sudo'ing little tasks way out of proportion around here, but for the record: Please make sure you really want to get rid of this file, and that you are only rm -rf'ing the file you want to get rid of. Removing something this way is for the most part not recoverable. The file doesn't go to the trash, it just goes away.