7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 29, 2012 10:55 AM by Mach555
missLD Level 1 Level 1

I have, excel files on my desktop (labled with numbers and letters) that cannot be moved, deleted or even opened.  I have no idea what they are.  How do I get rid of them??

MacBook Pro
  • Randy Jedlink Level 3 Level 3

    Is it saying they are in use?  If so, log out and log back in or restart and then try dumping them in the trash.

  • missLD Level 1 Level 1

    the error message reads, "The iteam 41C3E000 can't be moved to the Trash because it can't be deleted.

  • Randy Jedlink Level 3 Level 3

    Did you try loging out and back in?  If so, check out this article:



  • jmaurus Level 1 Level 1

    Did you find a solution to this problem?  I have the same problem on my computer and cannot figure it out.  Thanks for any help.



    Just figured it out..... they went away after I logged out and back in. 

  • Solai_4 Level 1 Level 1

    In an open Finder window, click "Application," select"Utilities," choose "Terminal" and double-click the "Terminal" application to launch it.


    Type "sudo rm –f " (with a space after the f and not including the quotes) to delete a file.



    Drag and drop the files you wish to delete onto the open Terminal window. The files you drop on the Terminal window will be deleted. You can drag and drop multiple files and folders onto the Terminal window.
    Note using this u cant undo the action.


  • Rhythm Earthsong Level 1 Level 1

    Solai_4's fix doesn't seem to work. I opened Terminal and typed in his command excatly as he has it. Then I tried to drag/drop the errant files onto the open Terminal Window but they just bounce back and don't delete.


    Logging off and then back on, as suggested above Solai's post, does the trick. The only problem is, it shuts down all open applications, almost like restarting your computer. Don't want to have to do that every time one of these crazy non-deletable files gets on my desktop...it only happens in Excel (for me.)


    What I want to know is, how does a non-deletable file even appear in the first place. These files start as .csv downloads from Google, using the standard download utility. How is it that once they appear on the desktop, they become undeletable?

  • Mach555 Level 1 Level 1

    I found elsewhere a post suggesting to use "sudo killall finder" on Terminal, which worked like a charm for me. The command restarts the Desktop and so all the Desktop icons disappear once and immediately return in the same positions except for the werid files.