22 responses

  1. vdiv
    November 23, 2015

    Why does it need two modifier keys?

    Why not just Shift+delete as it is in Windows?

    • Nuri
      November 24, 2015

      It’s quite easy to customize systemwide and app-specific shortcuts with BetterTouchTool (freeware). Great tool.
      As to the question, it’s because regular deletion has a modifier key to begin with on macs. And that, in turn, is because of the absence of a dedicated delete key. (Hence the modified use of backspace for deletion). Then again, all shortcuts and even the keyboard mapping is customizable using OS X and freeware.

    • Homesick Bob
      November 25, 2015

      I d’rather have this option on the right click after the trashcan e.g. and no further shortcut. For the moment i’m using FileShredder in the Finder tool bar…

  2. junebeetle
    November 23, 2015

    Cool! I’ve done this for a while by locking the .Trash folder :)

    • junebeetle
      November 25, 2015

      You can also instantly empty the Trash with Command+Alt+Shift+Backspace

      As I just found out today (in Mavericks).

  3. Flavio Cesar
    November 23, 2015

    This command also works to substitute the previous “Secure Empty Trash” when you have problems deleting stuck files.

    • Soroush Pour
      December 28, 2016

      To quote the article: “This is not intended to be a replacement for secure empty Trash, however and doesn’t offer the same rewrite function.”

      While it may help unstuck files, it won’t necessarily be a secure rewrite of the blocks on disk and the file may potentially be recovered.

  4. MartSoCal
    November 23, 2015

    Looks like it will also permanently delete an eMail from a mailbox in Mac mail.

  5. dharv
    November 23, 2015

    In 10.10.5 the File menu still says Move to Trash (Cmd-Del or Opt-Cmd-Del) and it still moves to Trash so…

    …by “The latest versions of OS X” you mean El Capitan, right? So why not say so?

    • Richard
      November 24, 2015

      OS X El Capitan v10.11.1

      Option + Command + Delete

      Doesn’t work for me, and the Menu File listing isn’t the same as the one shown either!


      • John F.
        November 24, 2015

        I had the same problem – try Opt+Command+Backspace

        That works for me and I’m using the same OSX version as you.

        Hope this helps

    • Robert
      June 10, 2016

      It works for me. However, there is no confirmation dialogue.

  6. Wharf Xanadu
    November 24, 2015

    Instant delete is useful in glad we have it in OS X el the captain now. Before you had to use trash or rm in the command line.

    Now, El Capital is my favorite part of the best thing to say that I don’t think it’s time for a while and then you can get the best thing about the future. OS X Fuji is next. What’s the name to be? Maybe sequoia or OS X Mohave or OS X Shasta or OS X Joshua tree. Maybe OS X traffic. Get it? Heheh

    • John F.
      November 24, 2015

      How about ‘Ansel’ …as in Adams

  7. Shangha1
    November 24, 2015

    Good for emails which you believe are infected

  8. QuattroGam3r
    November 24, 2015

    Thanks for this ;) I had been using CMD+DEL followed by CMD+Shift+DEL. This shortens my keystrokes and makes the process quicker.

  9. inhab
    November 29, 2015

    That’s nice, but then the dialog window comes and you have to go to your mouse again and choose Delete (because the default is Cancel). Is it possible to choose the Delete button from the keyboard?

    • Icke
      January 27, 2016

      Hit tab once to change focus to delete and then hit space to execute. To additional strokes though but at least you don’t have to raise your hands from the keyboard.

  10. Mateo
    August 31, 2016

    Well anyways, I don’t know too well if I like this new feature, so is there any way to change it back to the old way instead of having this “Delete Immediately”?

  11. Michael
    April 17, 2017

    I am not seeing this menu option on Sierra. Anyone know why?

  12. Michael
    April 19, 2017

    I wasn’t pressing the option key. I guess that’s why I didn’t see the option.

  13. GreenRaccoon23
    May 5, 2017

    Did a recent update remove this feature? All of a sudden I can’t use any of these methods anymore; it’s always sent to the Trash directory instead. It’s extremely annoying and time consuming to have to launch a Terminal and manually type in `rm -rf “${HOME}/.Trash/”` every single time I want to delete something. That’s just ridiculous.

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