ONe of the biggest disappointments about adulthood is finding out that things don’t always work as expected. That benevolent, mentoring boss we expected to find after graduating from college is an endangered species.
The Mac is known as a machine that just works. Except when it doesn’t. Sometimes, even simple functions don’t do what’s expected.
Take the trash. Please.
Select the Mac’s Finder menu and select Empty Trash. That deletes whatever files, apps, documents, photos, or movies you’ve dropped into the Trash Can, right?
Not so fast.
The built-in Empty Trash option doesn’t delete files. Instead, it merely turns off the flag that makes them visible. If you really want files deleted select Secure Empty Trash instead.
That option rewrites over the file a number of times, making it virtually impossible to recover, even when using recovery apps.
Both Empty Trash and Secure Empty Trash are built-in to OS X’s Finder and they’re about as simple to use as any function. Except when Empty Trash doesn’t work because some oddly permissioned file is stuck in the Trash Can.
Add Trash It! to your Mac and force empty the Trash Can whenever it gets hung up. This is very handy whenever files in the Trash have wrong permissions.
Drag and drop files onto the Trash It! icon and they’ll be deleted automatically. Double-click on Trash It! and it will empty the Trash Can instantly (which works great when some items can’t be dropped into the trash).
Trash It! is an AppleScript-based app and it’s free.