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Geek Tip: Quickly Deleting Items

Here's a very simple trick from Apple Mac Tips that is sure to save you some time.

If you have a Mac, forget about dragging an item all the way across your desktop to the trash can to delete it.

Here's what you do...Just click on the item you want to get rid of and press both command + delete at the same time to move items to the trash. This is really effective for someone like me who has a super-sized screen. I guess I like to think I'm gaining hours by using this method!

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sy1217 sy1217 9 years
cool. thanks for the tip.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
Wow. Macs are kinda crappy.
bugness bugness 9 years
Whoa, I had no idea that this was a foreign concept to some, lol. I was on a PC up until a year ago and always knew shift-delete. But I always try to stay on top of my keyboard shortcuts. It's so much easier than taking your hand off the keys to do some laborious click-click-clicking lol
miss-britt miss-britt 9 years
wow totally didnt know that short cut. Thanks geek!
Tech Tech 9 years
Even if you use this shortcut to quickly move an item in your trash can , you are still able to recover it out of the trash. Unless you delete items in your trash bin, your item will be stored there..(unless your trash bin automatically empties itself)
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 9 years
I "right click" items to Move to Trash like macgirl suggested earlier :)
macgirl macgirl 9 years
HalidLove- I haven't had any luck doing these kind of recoveries since back in the OS 9 days. There are disaster recovery companies that can but they are NOT cheap. Usually starting at around $1800 just to look at your hard drive :-(
bugn bugn 9 years
Great Tip! :-)
HalidLove HalidLove 9 years
So i just had a HUGE problem and I just noticed this!!! It may have happened anywhere from a week ago until now...I accidently deleted a GIANT folder which had many sub folders. I cannot find it anywhere, had no idea how it happened, and am FREAKING OUT. Can this stuff be recovered?? there were a ton a family pictures which I don't currently have anywhere else. I have a mac, powerbook g4 from 2004. Anybody, anybody?
millarci millarci 9 years
I have to agree with macgirl on this one. You have to be really careful with this. Accidently deleting the entire folder would be death at my job. But still a great tip and thanks macgirl for your tip as well. :)
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I have to chime in... be VERY careful with this. I have clients who accidentally delete stuff all the time. They open a folder and look at the file they want to delete and hit command + delete only to discover later that they deleted the whole folder, not just the file inside. I have one customer that we call clicky as he does this often. A few tips.. if you do immediately realize you deleted something you didn't mean to go ahead and hit command + z and it will stick that file right back where it was :-) For those of you who don't trust yourself you can right click documents and folders to tell them to go to the trash. (to right click without a two button mouse hold down the ctrl key while clicking to get those right click options). Thanks for sharing this Geeksugar!!!
klovie klovie 9 years
Thank you! This comes in really handy for me. I usually have to work with a ton of files and they are all over the place. Ya learn something new every day. Woot.
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
Gotta love a quick delete!
Adrianne Adrianne 9 years
Thanks, I use Macs at school and wish there was a simpler way to delete things...now I know! :D
sugaryamy sugaryamy 9 years
That IS helpful...
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 9 years
i didnt know about that
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I'm gonna have to get a Mac soon, aren't I?
Performita Performita 9 years
Thanks Geeksugar, I really didn't know this and that is funny cause I know almost all mac shortcuts :D
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