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    How to delete all Excel files on MacBook Air?

    Hi all,
    I'm new to this forum and am posting a general question regarding how to delete multiple files. I've Googled it and not had any luck. I have a 2012 MacBook Air with OS Sierra that has Microsoft Excel and Word on it. I am planning to give it to my son but do not want any of my files in Excel or Word to be left on the computer as they are private. Can anyone tell me how to delete multiple files all at once? I have 124 files in Excel and was hoping to be able to delete them faster than one by one. I also hopefully want to keep the program on the computer so he can use it if he needs to later instead of just deleting the entire thing.

    Thank you in advance and please be as specific in your instructions as possible as I'm a bit challenged technologically. Also, please let me know if whatever you tell me would work with deleting Microsoft Word documents too. Many thanks!

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    Re: How to delete all Excel files on MacBook Air?

    Welcome to the forum

    I dont know mac at all, but the process should be the same. Go into (the equivalent of) window explorer, and do a search for all .xls* files, this should find all xlsx, xlsm and any other xls files - double-check to make sure you dont want them, then delete them there. Do the same for .doc*
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    Re: How to delete all Excel files on MacBook Air?

    FDibbins is correct. To do a complete search for all files that contain ".xls" on your drive go to Finder (or any folder for that matter) and use the search function in the upper right corner of the window.

    It sounds like from your statement "I have 124 files in Excel and was hoping to be able to delete them faster than one by one" that you already know where all your documents you want are located.

    Once your files are located select them all and then move them to the trash bin. Once they are in the trash bin go to the Apple icon menu at the top left of your screen, mouse down to empty trash and hold down the option key. You will notice that when you hold down the option key the words will change from "Empty Trash" to "Securely Empty Trash". Doing this will completely erase the data from your trash bin.

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    Please know that when I say 'completely erase' I mean that for a normal user your data has been erased. You should know that nothing is ever truly gone from a hard drive if the person looking knows what they are doing.
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    Re: How to delete all Excel files on MacBook Air?

    Quote Originally Posted by frabulator View Post
    FDibbins is correct. To do a complete search for all files that contain ".xls" on your drive go to Finder (or any folder for that matter) and use the search function in the upper right corner of the window.
    Thanks for the assist

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    Thank you FDibbins and Frabulator, your suggestions worked quite well. Appreciate your quick reply and assistance! As I'm new to this forum, I'm not sure how to write problem solved, but it is. Thanks again!

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    Re: How to delete all Excel files on MacBook Air?

    Quote Originally Posted by spdypd View Post
    Thank you FDibbins and Frabulator, your suggestions worked quite well. Appreciate your quick reply and assistance! As I'm new to this forum, I'm not sure how to write problem solved, but it is. Thanks again!
    No problem, we are glad to help.

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