How to Delete on MacBook Air & Pro

Deleting files and managing storage on a Macbook is a necessity if you want to ensure it runs smoothly.

Let’s look at various methods to delete files and applications, ensuring your MacBook remains efficient and clutter-free.

Deleting on a Macbook

The simplest way to delete files on a Mac is through Finder. To do this, open Finder, locate the file you want to delete, and either drag it to the Trash or use the ‘Command + Delete’ keyboard shortcut.


You can also right click on the file that you want to delete, and then select the Move to Bin option too.


Files moved to the Trash aren’t permanently deleted until the Trash is emptied.

To permanently delete the files, right-click on the Trash icon in the dock and select “Empty Trash”.


You’ll then be prompted to confirm that you want to Empty Trash on your Macbook.


Confirming this will permanently delete files on Mac, and you won’t be able to get them back after – so make sure you don’t need anything from there.

Deleting Applications

Removing applications from a MacBook Air is similar to deleting regular files.

To delete an app, open the Finder, click on the ‘Applications’ folder, find the app you want to remove, and drag it to the Trash.

Some applications may require additional steps to remove associated files and settings. You can use third-party cleaning tools for a more thorough uninstallation.

Using Storage Management

macOS offers a built-in storage management tool that can help identify and delete large files, duplicates, and unused apps.

To access it, click on the Apple menu > ‘About This Mac’ > ‘More Info’ > ‘Storage Settings’. You can also find this under General within System Settings.


This tool provides recommendations for optimizing your MacBook Air’s storage, such as storing files in iCloud, optimizing storage, and reviewing and deleting large files.


Understanding how to delete on MacBook Air is essential for maintaining your device’s performance.

It’s a good idea to get into the habit of deleting things that you don’t need on a regular basis – whether that’s basic file deletion, application removal, or secure erasure of sensitive data.



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