Delete a File Permanently in Mac OS X El Capitan

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You're watching VisiHow. In the previous tutorial, we enabled widgets (dashboards). In this tutorial, we're going to demonstrate how to skip the trash can in OS X El Capitan.

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    Normally, when you delete a file, you can click the file and drag it into the trashcan.
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    Alternatively, you can click the file and press "command" + "delete".
    This will also send the file to the trashcan.
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    At this point, right-click the trashcan and click "Empty Trash".
    OS X will show you "Empty Trash".
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    Click "Empty Trash".
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    If you want to delete the file quickly, you can click the file.
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    Then, press "option" + "command" + "delete".
    This will show you the message that the item will be deleted immediately and that you can't undo this action"
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    Press "delete" again.
    You'll notice that the file will be deleted without going into the trash can. The trash can will be empty now. You don't have to take an additional step of emptying the trash can.
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