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Trash a file

To put something in the Trash, press-and-drag an icon over to the Trash can (actually, it looks like a wire wastebasket). When the basket turns dark, as shown below, let go and the file will drop inside. Don't let go of the file before the basket turns dark! If you find a bunch of garbage hanging around outside the Trash or sitting in the Dock, it's because you didn't wait for it to turn dark—you just set the trash down next to the basket.

The trick is that the tip of the pointer must touch the Trash basket! Whether you are putting one file in the Trash or whether you have selected several icons and are dragging them all together to the Trash, the tip of the pointer is the thing that selects the wastebasket. The shadows of the objects have nothing to do with it—forget those shadows you see trailing along—just make sure the tip of the pointer touches the basket and highlights it (turns it dark). Then let go.


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