Change Secure Empty Trash on Snow Leopard


  • 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



Finder Preferences Pane

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



  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

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

  2. 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.