trashcan shortcut

I have several questions. I will start a new thread for the second one.
Last night I was cleaning out a half dozen external drives. The large majority of these drives had tib files, and 90% of them would not move to the trash because of their size. I did manage to delete those files, but I had to do it the hard way. My question is, I know there is a keyboard shortcut that will bypass the trash can but for the life of me I cannot remember what it is. I know the answer is here. Can someone help me?

It seems that you work inside a Desktop Environment (GUI). But you failed to tell which one. So please tell us (KDE, Gnome, XFCE, …) so that people can possibly help you.

I guess there are little bits of information that I haven’t thought of yet. But I will get around to it as I learn.
I do have KDE 5.18.6

OK, thanks for that. Always remember that what you do and use may be (very) different to what others do and use. People here are willing to help you, but you should help them by providing as much information as possible, nobody here can look over your shoulder.

In KDE, using Dolphin, you can select a file (or directory, or a series of files) in the list and then use Shift-Del. It will bring you a pop-up reminding you that clicking OK will delete the file and NOT move it to the Trash-bin. I assume that is what you are searching for.

BTW, I do not know what you mean with “to do it the hard way” (as you do not explain that), but I probably would use the easy way by using the CLI from Konsole. Much easier for mass deletion then a GUI program.

The files that I was deleting were old backup files from old computers. My solution or my cheat was to open Gparted and delete and remake the partition. It got rid of my file, and I’m happy.

Well, rather drastic. lol!

If you can’t remember keyboard shortcuts and, you’re using KDE Plasma – open the KDE System SettingsWorkspaceShortcuts

  • For “Delete
    ” rather than “Throw in the Trash” – the tab “Standard Shortcuts” – Henk has already mentioned <Shift+Del> …

Personally, when cleaning up files, I often prefer the Bash CLI except, for cases of cleaning up based on time-stamps – Dolphin is then the better choice …