Use “Delete Immediately” on Files to Bypass Trash in Mac OS X

The latest versions of OS X include a new ability to immediately delete a file or folder from the Mac, bypassing the Trash can. Essentially how the “Delete Immediately” feature works is by circumventing the Trash and rather than waiting for user action to remove the files, it just deletes the file(s) instantaneously from the Mac, making the delete immediately function faster than the typical manner of removing a file in OS X.

Delete Immediately is a handy feature if you want to rid a file or folder from the Mac right away and without having to manually empty the Trash, it effectively skips the Trash function and just deletes the files. This is not intended to be a replacement for secure empty Trash, however and doesn’t offer the same rewrite function.

There are two ways to access and use Delete Immediately in OS X, with a quick access keystroke and from the File menu. 

There is no way to undo this action so only use Delete Immediately if you really truly do want to vanquish a file from the Mac. 

Delete Files Immediately with a Keyboard Shortcut

The quickest way to access the Delete Immediately function in OS X is through a keyboard shortcut:

Select the file(s) or folder(s) you wish to instantly and permanently delete and hit the following keystroke sequence: Option + Command + Delete
Confirm with the dialog that you wish to delete the files permanently and immediately

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[Confirm to delete a file immediately in Mac OS X]

This just circumvents placing the files into the Trash, it deletes the file(s) immediately from the Mac. 

Access Delete Immediately from the Finder

You can also access the Delete Immediately option and skip the Trash by using the File menu in the Mac file system:

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[Delete immediately in Mac OS X Finder and bypass the Trash]

Select the file(s) or folder(s) you wish to instantly and permanently delete then hold the OPTION key as you access the “File” menu from the Finder
Choose “Delete Immediately” from the File menu
Confirm with the dialog that you wish to delete the files permanently and immediately

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[Confirm to delete a file immediately in Mac OS X]

Again, this skips the Trash, and the files are instantly deleted. The same as using the keyboard shortcut.

Similar to using the Trash is that if a file is locked or in use the Trash action will be prevented, and if you encounter a “item can’t be moved” error, you’ll likely need to quit apps and relaunch the Finder first.

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