Required to enter Password to put a doc in Trash, in Lion 10.7.5


Half the time, when I move any file, folder, document……ANYTHING into the Trash, I get the pop-up requiring me to enter my system password. As you can imagine, not only is this annoying, but it can be quite time-consuming. I thought this was confined to items on my desktop, which I could live with, but now it's occurring with files deeper in the system……and NOT consistently.

Has anyone else run into this, and more importantly: do you have any suggestion on how to fix it?

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Rosie Moderator
Staff member
Are you logged in as owner/admin or a different user? Logging in as the admin/owner should not ask you for permission (asking for password) when you move files or folders.

If you are logged in as admin, then the permissions need to be corrected. Click once on one of the folders that holds your items. Go to the File menu and select Get Info. At the bottom of the window that appears check the Sharing & Permissions. Your user name should be listed along with Read & Write.