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Apple Empty Trash File in Use or Permissions Error Message – Hold Option Key

Technology > Apple

Problem Summary. When you attempt to empty the trash (recycle bin) on your Apple computer, a message indicates that a file can’t be deleted because it is in use or you don’t have the permission to do so.

Problem Solution. Try holding down the option key, and, while holding it down, empty the trash.

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