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Bypass Trashcan When Deleting Files

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By D A Umesh

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Posted: 30 Nov 2005

Applies to:

  • Novell Linux Desktop 9
  • SUSE Linux Professional 9.3
  • SUSE Linux 10
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

This article assumes the user is on the Gnome Desktop.

Though the trashcan helps the users by storing the deleted files which are accidently deleted, if we do not empty the trash regurlarly it might fill up the Disk. It is possible to delete files, bypassing the trashcan by the following methods:

  1. Open the FileManager Application (Nautilus)
  2. Click on the file you want to delete
  3. Press Shift+Delete on the file
  4. It prompts for confirmation - Click Yes to delete permanently


  1. Open the FileManager Application (Nautilus)
  2. Select Preferences option from EDIT menu
  3. In the Behaviour Tab - Check the "Include a Delete command that bypass the Trash" option
  4. If you want to Disable the Confirmation Window while delete, you can Uncheck the "Ask before Emptying the Trash or deleting files"
  5. Right Click on the file which you want to delete, select the DELETE option to bypass the Trash.

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