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I don’t know why it bugged me so much, but I always hated the fact that there was no easy (a.k.a. obvious) way to delete tracks from my playlist AND my library at the same time. You know the situation: you’re listening to your playlist and […]

I don’t know why it bugged me so much, but I always hated the fact that there was no easy (a.k.a. obvious) way to delete tracks from my playlist AND my library at the same time.

You know the situation: you’re listening to your playlist and come across a song that should never have been added to your library in the first place, let alone your playlist. Perhaps the song was ripped incorrectly, came from an ex-girlfriend you’d rather forget, or maybe you just developed a deep hate for the song’s melody – but whatever the reason is, the song just doesn’t belong in your playlist or your library.

Pressing ‘delete’ only solves half the problem – deleting it from your playlist. Deleting the song from your library takes another few steps. Sure, call me lazy, but being forced to navigate back to the library, search for the doomed song, and then deleting it is just too much work.

Enter the “secret” key combination: Option + Command + Delete

This secret key combination will not only delete a song from your playlist, but also ask if you want to delete the song from your hard drive as well. Problem solved.

  1. Alt + Delete is similar but in this case it first asks if you want to remove the item from the playlist (assuming you haven’t ticked the box so that it does not ask again) and then asks if you want to keep the file or move it to the trash.

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  2. If I could only remember these keyboard commands when I want to accomplish this!

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  3. iPhoto has the exact same problem. Pressing ‘delete’ on a photo remove it only from your album.

    Did this key combination works for iPhoto?

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  4. piminnowcheez Sunday, August 12, 2007

    I love you.

    This has been one of those low-grade annoyances that constantly comes up and irritates, but doesn’t quite cross the threshold of making me mad enough to set everything aside until I can find a fix for it. Now, you have set me free, my brother. Bless you.

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  5. actually, just option+delete will do the same thing… i’ve been doing that for a while for the podcasts that i’ve heard. my playlist has podcasts that have a play count greater than 0, i select them all and hit option+delete. gone.

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  6. You can also just drag it to the trash icon in the dock. I’m sure the Apple engineers thought it was “the Mac thing to do.” I discovered it before the keyboard shortcut. (Although, I prefer keyboard tricks over mouse ones)

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  7. Thank you so much for this. This has bugged me so much.

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  8. Anyone have a way to delete tracks from the library without having to confirm the deletion of the file? That bugs me so much more.

    Hello, I’m deleting it from my library. Of course I want to delete the file as well.

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  9. Amazing. You are a saint.

    THANK YOU!

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  10. Yea, I press Option+Delete & then when the confirmation window pops up the M key (for Move to Trash).

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