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taytay13 Level 1 Level 1

First off, my trash has been 'emptying' for over two days now and the status bar has not moved at all.

Secondly, when I try to stop emptying, it will just say emptying and not do anything.

Thirdly, my mac will not restart unless I exit out of the finder (trash) but because it will not stop emptying I cannot restart unless I hold down the power button.


How do I fix this and/or get the trash to empty?

I currently have 581 files waiting to be deleted, is it because I have so many items?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
Reply by Linc Davis on Sep 27, 2012 12:26 PM Helpful

Select  Force Quit... from the menu bar, then select Finder and press return. From the Finder menu bar, select Finder Preferences Advanced and uncheck the box labeled Empty Trash securely. Try again to empty the Trash. If you still have problems, follow the instructions in this support article:

You can't empty the Trash or move a file to the Trash

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