Force Empty Trash: use the Option key

Have you ever tried to empty trash and have it grind forever, sometimes waiting to count the items, sometimes getting halfway done and showing a partial blue bar? This often happens when you’re trying empty windows-based items, say off a USB memory stick or the like. We usually try “Secure Empty Trash” first, but this often takes a long time and doesn’t solve all the pesky trash emptying problems all the time. So, here’s the trick:

Option key. Hold down the option key while you choose “empty trash” from the file menu, and it will force empty trash, even with pesky items that don’t want to go away.

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