Ever try to empty the Trash and get a message like this? Of course you have.
Then you click “Empty Trash” (or hit Enter on the keyboard), and then you might get this message too:
Most likely you will click “Remove All Items” and then– finally– the trash empties. Yay.
Skip all of this trouble by holding down the Option key when you choose “Empty Trash” from the Finder’s “Finder” menu. Then it’s a one-stepper. No messages, just a satisfying whooshy-crumply sound. Try it!
Note: when you don’t hold the Option key, the Finder’s Finder menu looks like this:
Hold the Option key and it looks like this:
It looks just a little different when you hold the Option key, and as it turns out it makes a big difference.
Note: You noticed of course that without the Option key, the menu says “Empty Trash…” but with the Option key the ellipsis is gone. The menu now reads simply “Empty Trash” (no dots). Those three little dots in the menus actually mean something, namely that you are going to get a dialog box when you choose that item. Dialog boxes almost always have a “Cancel” button in them, and that gives you a chance to bail out without doing anything. This goes for every menu item with three little dots– every menu item in every menu in every program. Watch for it and see. Three dots equals “dialog box coming up.” Really.
And that’s 8.Read 'em all:
Mac Option Key tip #1: the WiFi Menu
Mac Option Key tip #2: the Battery Status Menu
Mac Option Key tip #3: Close All Finder Windows
Mac Option Key tip #4: Reveal a Contact's Groups
Mac Option Key tip #5: Rotate the Other Way
Mac Option Key tip #6: Option-Drag
Mac Option Key tip #7: Option-Click
Mac Option Key tip #8: Option-Empty Trash
Mac Option Key tip #9: Special Characters
Mac Option Key tip #10: One-click System Information
Mac Option Key tip #11: Delete a Messages conversation with one click
Mac Option Key tip #12: Open your Library folder
ONE MORE (on my One-Minute Macman site): How to temporarily turn off Notifications on a Mac quickly and easily