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Question: Item does not move to trash can instead delete immediately

Whenever , I move an item to trash can. A window pops up which says that this shall be deleted immediately. I do not want items to be deleted immediately. Instead I want to keep them in trash bin for a period of time. This has happened since I have updated to Mac OS High Sierra. I am unsure how to turn this off ? I can not find trash can settings.

MacBook Pro with Retina display, iOS 11.1, Mac OS High Sierra

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Nov 14, 2017 6:19 AM in response to galaxy2015 In response to galaxy2015

and not like a flash drive or an external HD?


Locally this can happen if there is permissions issue. This is your admin account or another user?

if another user then create a new standard test account, boot into that account and make a test folder, then delete and see if the warning reappears. if so it could be a reset of the trash permissions in the previous account is needed.

Let me know if thats the case.

Nov 14, 2017 6:19 AM

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Nov 16, 2017 1:24 PM in response to JimmyCMPIT In response to JimmyCMPIT

I tried the below command and it did work on main account. ( Its the internal hard drive).


from the main (administrator) account open the terminal and type

sudo rm -ri ~/.Trash

However, I am unable to use the one below on a user account.

from another user account open terminal and type

sudo rm -ri /Users/user_name/.Trash

I see the following on my screen;

MKB1-Mac:~ myhome$

I have entered,

MKB1s-Mac:~ myhome$ sudo rm -ri /Users/MKB1s/.Trash

Password: XXXXX

myhome is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported.

MKB1s-Mac:~ myhome$


I am not sure where I am making the mistake, please correct me. Thanks,

Nov 16, 2017 1:24 PM

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Nov 17, 2017 5:47 AM in response to galaxy2015 In response to galaxy2015

is the other user account a standard or admin.

if standard then use or make another admin account then try.


if it's already admin just try to delete, ignore the permissions unless you can't delete nornally.

If you have to invoke the permissions method are you using the admin password for that account?

Nov 17, 2017 5:47 AM

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Nov 17, 2017 12:19 PM in response to JimmyCMPIT In response to JimmyCMPIT

I changed the accounts permission to Administrator and tried the command it worked. I was able to store items on Trash Bin. I had to revoke the Administrator privileges to user, since I had done that, I was unable to save items in bin.

I was where I started from.

I do not understand what had caused the change ?

Nov 17, 2017 12:19 PM

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