6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 22, 2006 12:06 PM by joeyoppo
Evan Williams Level 1 (0 points)
I've tried everything to delete a file:

I'm using the shortcut Apple+Delete and no matter how hard I try it wont delete! heh (New to Mac OS X as you can see...)

Deleteing files works when I use the GUI menus or drag the item down to the trash.

Anyone know what's going on? I am using an actual Apple Keyboard, by the way...


Mac Mini 1.2Ghz G4, Mac OS X (10.4.5), 1GB Ram, 60GB HDD
  • joeyoppo Level 1 (120 points)
    hi evan,

    where are you trying to delete the file from?
  • Evan Williams Level 1 (0 points)
    Hello Joey,

    Primarily i was trying to use the delete keyboard shortcut to delete files (Pictures, text documents, alias') from the desktop - or at least use a shortcut to send them to the trash bin. Apple + Delete didn't seem to send any files/alias' to the trash bin (Also, assuming the keyboard shortcut was correct and should be sending the files to the trash bin, would using the keyboard shortcut on a mounted .dmg file eject it?)

    I tried using the keyboard shortcut on an external USB HDD as well with nothing happening when I tried to delete/move the files to the trash.

    It appears to be a system-wide (non-area spesific) problem.
  • joeyoppo Level 1 (120 points)
    are your other regular shortcuts working? like ⌘-O, ⌘-W, ⌘-S, etc.?

    have you tried both command keys?

    and is your delete key functioning normal within applications?

    and to answer your question, no ⌘-E is the eject command.

    but for now you should be able to control-click (right-click) and select 'move to trash' from the contextual menu as a short cut.
  • andyBall_uk Level 7 (20,490 points)
    in finder, I have to use apple-backspace

    Not the delete key. The delete key works within apps etc, but apple-backspace (usually above the return key) works when viewing files & folders.

    Don't know if that's normal - but it's how my imac works.
  • Evan Williams Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes my keyboard is in good mechanical working order. I use quite a few other shortcuts to control iTunes and manage windows just fine. This seems to be my only major hurdle to overcome at the moment

    Thanks for the tip about Ejecting BTW.

    And Andy,

    I havent tried the Apple + Backspace combo yet. I will try it as soon as I get home. That's a good idea. I know the delete key is functioning because I use it in text editors and such...

    I know the following shortcuts allow window management:

    F11 - Show Desktop
    Apple + M - Minimize current Window

    Is there a command to maximise windows? I've prodded around the apple website and found a few shortcuts, but for some reason they are space and hard to come by
  • joeyoppo Level 1 (120 points)

    that's it. the backspace is the delete key on the apple pro keyboard.
    i missunderstood you before. the 'delete' key next to 'end' and underneath 'help' doesn't work with the ⌘-delete (move to trash) function. it only works in apps like andy said.

    did yours before?

    the reason it's hard to find all the short cuts at once is because they vary by application. even within os x apps there is some variation. but most of the short cuts can be seen just by looking through the menus at the top (within whater app your using/is active.

    and some more can be found in system preferences> keyboard and mouse> keyboard shortcuts.