How To Delete Items On Mac Desktop

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Mac Desktops are incredibly powerful tools for productivity and leisure, but the process of deleting items can be confusing for the uninitiated. In this blog post, we’ll walk you though how to delete items on Mac Desktop in a few simple steps.

First, locate the item you wish to delete. This is usually done by simply clicking on it and dragging it to the Trash Can located at the bottom right corner of your screen. Alternatively, you can right-click on the item and select “Move to Trash” from the contextual menu that appears.

If there are multiple items you wold like to delete at once, simply hold down either the Command or Shift key while selecting those items. Once you have them all selected, simply drag them over to the Trash Can or right-click and select “Move to Trash” from the contextual menu that appears.

Once you have moved all of your desired items into the Trash Can, they will remain tere until they are permanently deleted. To do this, click on the Trash Can icon located at the bottom right corner of your screen and select “Empty Trash” from the contextual menu that appears. You will be asked to confirm that you want to delete these files permanently before they are removed from your computer for good.

And there you have it! With tese easy steps, deleting unwanted files from your Mac Desktop has never been easier!

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Unable to Delete Items From Desktop on Mac

There are several reasons why you may not be able to delete tings from your desktop Mac. It could be due to the file being in use by an application, or it may be because you do not have the correct permissions or ownership of the file/folder. Additionally, if a file is locked, it cannot be deleted. To delete a file, make sure that there are no active applications using it and that you have the proper permissions and ownership to do so.

Unable to Delete Items From Desktop

It may be that another program or process is currently using the file. When this happens, the file becomes locked and you are unable to delete, modify, or move it. To fix this problem, you can try closing any programs that might be accessing the file or restarting your computer so any processes that are using the file can be terminated. If this doesn’t work, you may need to use a specialized tool like Unlocker to forcibly close any programs that are blocking access to the file.

Deleting Multiple Files on a Mac Desktop

To delete multiple files on your Mac desktop, you can use the Command (?) and Shift keys to select multiple files at once.

Start by clicking anywhere on the desktop and then hold down the Command key on your keyboard. Then, click each of the files you want to delete. If you want to select a range of files, hold Shift and click the first and last file in that range. All of them will be highlighted.

Once everything is selected, simply press the Delete key on your keyboard or right-click and choose “Move to Trash” from the list of options. Your selected files will now be moved to the Trash folder on your Mac.

Deleting Files From the Desktop

To delete files from your desktop, first click on the file once to highlight it. Hold down the Shift key and press the Delete key. A window will pop up asking you to confirm that you want to delete the file; select Yes if this is correct. Remember that the Backspace key isn’t the same as the Delete key. If you have multiple files you’d like to delete, hold down Ctrl while selecting each file untl all are highlighted, then use Shift+Delete.

Deleting a Folder on the Desktop That Won’t Delete

To delete a folder on your desktop that won’t delete, you can try using the command prompt. Right-click on the folder you want to delete, then click Properties. Copy the location of the folder (for example, C:\Users\your name\Desktop). Then open Command Prompt and type in this command: RMDIR /S /Q (Location of the folder) and hit Enter. This sould force the folder to be deleted. If that does not work, you may need to restart your computer in Safe Mode and then try deleting it again.

Unable to Delete Shortcuts from Desktop

It may be that the shortcut was created with administrator privileges and therefore cannot be deleted by a standard user. To delete it, you must log in as an administrator and use the same method as for standard shortcuts. Depending on your system settings, you may need to enter a password or provie other authentication credentials before being able to delete the shortcut.

Deleting a Desktop Shortcut

To delete a desktop shortcut, simply right-click on the icon and select “Delete” or “Move to Trash.” You can also use the Delete key on your keyboard, or drag the shortcut to the Trash folder. Note that deleting the shortcut will not affect the app or file that it is linked to, so you can safely remove it without any worries.

Deleting Multiple Items From Desktop

To delete multiple items from your desktop, start by selecting the items you would like to delete. To do this, press and hold the Shift or Command key while clicking next to each file or folder name. Once you have selected all of the desired items, scroll to the top of the file display and click on the trash icon located in the upper right corner. This will move all of your selected items into Trash, where they can be permanently deleted at any time.

Deleting Multiple Files From the Desktop

To delete multiple files on your desktop, you can start by highlighting the files you want to delete uing your mouse. Once you’ve selected the desired files, press the Ctrl key and click on any file that you don’t want to delete to exclude it from the selection.
Once you have all of the desired files highlighted, press Shift + Delete at the same time. This will permanently delete all of those selected files from your desktop. Be sure to double-check the list of selected files before pressing Shift + Delete, as there is no way to undo this action once it has been completed.


In conclusion, the Mac Desktop is a powerful, user-friendly platform for organizing and customizing your digital workspace. This desktop offers an array of features and tools to help you stay organized and productive. With its intuitive interface, you can easily manage your files, apps, and widgets. You can also customize the look and feel of your desktop with themes and screen savers. Lastly, you can rest assured that your data is safe with Mac’s security features such as FileVault encryption and malware protection. With all tese features, Mac Desktop is a great choice for managing your digital life.

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Sanjeev Singh

Sanjeev is the tech editor at DeviceMAG. He has a keen interest in all things technology, and loves to write about the latest developments in the industry. He has a passion for quality-focused journalism and believes in using technology to make people's lives better. He has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, and has written for some of the biggest tech blogs in the world. Sanjeev is also an avid photographer and loves spending time with his family.