3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 2, 2006 11:59 PM by Mihalis Tsoukalos
rickyv Level 2 (160 points)
I've noticed that when I empty the trash, I have been getting a message that the trash cannot be emptied because the file is in use--even when no file is actually in use. Any ideas why this happens and any ideas on how to solve this? Thanks.

MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • f5000sl Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm interested in this too as I just had the same thing happen with a delete photo. Yet none of the viewers are open or anything.
  • Niel Level 10 (298,262 points)
    Locate the file inside the Trash which the Finder reports as being in use, and then drag it to the desktop. Open TextEdit in the Applications folder, create a new document, and save it to the desktop with the same name as the item you want to delete. When prompted, overwrite the existing file, and then throw away the TextEdit document.

  • Mihalis Tsoukalos Level 4 (2,015 points)
    A temporary solution is to logout and then login. This will let you delete the file.
    Nevertheless, do not worry about similar messages.