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Change Secure Empty Trash on Snow Leopard

Symptoms:

  • Since upgrading to Mac OS X Snow Leopard you have noticed that you can only empty the trash using the Secure option
  • Emptying the trash takes an excessive amount of time on Mac OS X Snow Leopard
  • When you open the Trash the button to empty reads Empty Secure.  There is no Empty button

 

Explanation:

Finder Preferences Pane

The OS X Finder preference “Empty Trash securely” is enabled.

 

Solution:

  1. Open OS X’s Finder by clicking the Finder icon in your dock
  2. Open Finder Preferences by clicking Finder menu, Preferences or by pressing CMD+, on your keyboard
  3. Click Advanced
  4. Clear the check mark for the option “Empty Trash securely”
  5. Close Preferences

Discussion


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  1. jenna says:

    Thank you SOOOOO very much!!
    Love you for this!!

  2. prunella says:

    After waiting almost an hour for items to securely be deleted, I ran across this. Thanks for the sanity saver!!!

  3. conkee says:

    Life saver!!!!!

  4. phil says:

    ask a question & 1st hit on google…thank you for the tip…saved me tons of time & lots of head scratching …
    -p

  5. Reg says:

    Thank you … this solved my problem … Secure Empty Trash would not delete files that had been marked as Locked, as as others have said, saved tons of time.

  6. Che says:

    Yohuu!!!!! Huraaa!!!!!
    Thank you!
    it was so annoying…

  7. Damian says:

    Short and sweet. Plus the info was fruitful. Cheers

  8. Annelene says:

    Now this is what is called clear, precise and totally useful guidance! Thanks, made my day 😉

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