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Is there a quick way to delete all your large files on your Mac?

I know how to use the "all my files" thing and sort by size, but it seems that the largest file that appears there is around 1GB. I suspect there is some other way to list all large files (apps, ...
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How do I delete the Chrome App Launcher?

I'm running OSX 10.8.5 and I can't figure out how to get rid of the Chrome App Launcher. In launchpad when I long click on it and things begin to wiggle there's no X for me to click to delete it. ...
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Unable to delete File [duplicate]

I'm completely unable to delete a file, which doesn't even show up in Windows, but does in OSX (Mountain Lion) this file was created after uninstalling AppServ (local webserver) Now I need to ...
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Mac OS: don't delete file while renaming

I remapped my Mac keybindings, so that files are deleted by pressing just the delete key, like in Windows. Unfortunately, when renaming a file and pressing delete ("forward delete one character"), ...
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Terminal: Deleting everything except for .nef or .jpgs

I am using Mountain Lion on a Mac. I want to delete all the files in a directory which do NOT end with .psd, .jpg, or .nef using Terminal. How would I do this? Thanks in advance!
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Deleting the duplicate files made from iTunes - consolidate feature

I selected the iTunes folder library as [home folder]/Music Having music files in the same folder ([home folder]/Music) I select File -> Organize Library -> Consolidate Files. Which created doubled ...
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Can I delete another user account from a Time Capsule?

I am the administrator of a time capsule that holds backups for two different user accounts accessed from two different laptops. One of these accounts is my own account on my laptop. I don't have ...
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Remove one OS X installation from OS X dual boot

I have a mid-2012 Macbook Air 11" with a 128GB SSD. On it have two installs of OS X. One of Mountain Lion (10.8) and one of Mavericks (10.9). I want to remove the Mountain Lion install so I can use ...
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cmd+backspace = delete word on OSX

How can I make OSX backward delete one word by pressing cmd+backspace? Currently it deletes the whole line. Alt+Backspace works, but I want it to be cmd+backspace, like in Windows. I tried Spark ...
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OS X: Delete single folder of Time Machine Backup via Terminal

I know there is tmutil delete to delete single timemachine snapshots from a backup of another machine — but now I need to delete only one of the folders inside the backup. On my old (and now dead) ...
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Diff between two directories and keep only the unchanged ones

I need to diff two directories: A: /path1/ B: /path2/ The directory A contains all files and subdirectories that are also contained in B. The files in A (and in its subdirectories) can have ...
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Delete OSX partition and join remainder to Windows 7 partition

I have an iMac 27" with a SSD that has OSX installed on it. I used Boot Camp to install Windows 7 partition. I found myself using Windows 7 more then OSX because I have a PC at work so I would like to ...
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How to delete *.vmdk files?

I can't seem to delete *.vmdk files and related on Mac OS X 10.6.8 with sudo rm: $ sudo rm -rf /Volumes/Temp/vm/ rm: /Volumes/Temp/vm//MarukoVM/nvram: Read-only file system rm: ...
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Cannot delete an empty directory in OSX

This post is a little lengthy, sorry. The short version is: I have a directory that I can't delete. Terminal gives, "input/output error," when I try to interact with it. I've scanned the disk for ...
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Can't delete file because the item is in use [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A file is still in use when trying to empty the Trash – how can I remove it? I recently downloaded Python, got confused, and deleted it. Everything went fine, until I ...
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How to use Terminal to delete all .svn folders recursively?

what command can I type into Terminal so that I can: delete all .svn folders within a folder (and from all subdirectories) but not delete anything else ?
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Something keeps deleting my downloaded files

I have been using utorrent for years now and recently I was surprised that I had 24GB free. I thought that was because I deleted some unused apps, but after awhile, I noticed my Torrents folder was ...
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Cannot delete file in OS X

I have a file in trash, and I cannot delete it. Before you ask me to STFW, no, the file is not locked :-/ The file is a symbolic link to nothing (target is deleted). Here is the output of ls -lO on ...
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What is the difference between moving a file to Trash and using Terminal to rm it?

What is the difference between moving a file to Trash and using the Terminal to rm it? What is the idea behind the scenes?
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OS X: directory access stalls; how to delete the directory?

There is a directory on my (solid-state) drive on OS X (Lion) that makes the computer stall when I try to delete or otherwise access it (no processor or drive activity). What can be attempted so as ...
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OSX: The item XYZ.txt~ can’t be moved to the Trash because it can’t be deleted

I'm trying to delete a file under OSX Lion, but can't. I get the following message: The item XYZ.txt~ can’t be moved to the Trash because it can’t be deleted. Here's what I've tried: select ...
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How do I “Move to Trash” in Preview in OS X Lion?

In earlier versions of OS X, in Preview one could delete the currently open file by pressing ⌘⌫. In Lion, the keyboard shortcut (as well as the actual menu item) no longer works. Is there any way ...
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How to make CMD+delete delete a line (left of the cursor) in Firefox

I recently switched from Chrome to Firefox (OS X version 5.0.1) and I'm surprised to see that Cmd + Delete is not working. When I hit Cmd + Delete in any editor (as well as Chrome and Safari), the ...
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Can't delete a directory on external drive (OS X)

I have a brand new Transcend StoreJet 25M3 (external HDD) mounted to MacBook (Leopard 10.5.8) at /Volumes/Transcend. I copied some data from my old Windows (XP) machine on it, and now, after cleaning ...
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Mac keyboard shortcut to rm file [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Permanently deleting files on Mac OS What's the Mac keyboard shortcut to rm a file? I know command + delete sends it to trash, but I want to permanently delete it, say ...
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Mac OSX Preview: Disable the Command-Backspace “Move to trash” keyboard shortcut?

I use Preview to view PDF files (duh) and sometimes annotate them as well as search them profusely. I keep using the Command-Backspace combination to try to delete the current line I'm writing in the ...
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Can't delete files in trash because they don't exist on OS X 10.6?

Something funky happened on one of my external drives and now whenever I plug it in 2 files show up in my Trash. If I empty the Trash via Finder, nothing happens. Ditto for the Option+Empty Trash ...
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Removing file with strange characters in filename in OS X

After a memory error in my program, I am stuck with a file with a strange filename. It's proving quite resistant to all normal methods to remove files with strange names. The filename is: ...
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Can items deleted from “Trash” be recovered?

On a Mac we have option to delete items securely from trash, while deleting it warns that: "once deleted items will not be recovered". I want to know that is there any way by which items deleted ...
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Apple Mail: Can't undo a delete?

Sometimes I can't, and sometimes I can. I want to be able to ⌘-Z after I accidentially delete a message. Or multiple messages. I want the Undo feature!
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Mac OS X: How can I see who is using the files I'm trying to delete?

I have a couple of files that I want to delete. So I select them and then do Move to Trash. However, when I do so I get this message: Some of the items you are moving are in use by another ...
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How do I remove invisible files / folders from my Time Machine backup?

I use the methods here to trim files from my backup and exclude them from future backups. I have ~/.dropbox excluded, but I don't know how to delete all current backups because it's invisible (and ...
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MacOSX: How to prevent accidental removal of certain files and folders

On Mac OS X, what is a good way of preventing accidental removal of certain files and folders? I still need to be able to read those files and folders and to add new files to those folders, but I want ...
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How do I trim my Time Machine backups and find and exclude frequently-updated large files from bloating it?

Time Machine is nice because it Just Works and it does its magic in the background. But left to itself, it can really swell up due to either large files that you don't really need backed up slipping ...
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Deleting a single file from the trash in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

In earlier versions of Mac OS X one could delete a file from the trash by opening a terminal window and typing rm ~/.Trash/file_i_want_to_delete. See this previous post. Unlike earlier versions in ...
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Configure (Apple) Mail to delete email from IMAP server after specified time

I am using a corporate mail account which is synchronized via IMAP to both my desktop client and my iPhone, which is exactly the way I like it. However, the account has a limited quota. With POP3 ...
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Delete files recursively matching a name on the command line (OS X)

Just recently I tried out a backup utility, and wanted to back up the local copies I have of some websites on my MacBook (OS X) Unfortunately, the utility left two files in every directory it backed ...
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Does Secure Empty Trash work on Mac w SSD?

Given that an SSD does wear leveling, does the Secure Empty Trash on the menu in MacOSX really work? Is something special being done force overwrites to the same physical block of flash and bypass ...