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How to delete Ducoments shown in System Settings > Storage?

I want to completely delete the "Documents" folder from my iMac's hard drive and then move it to an external hard drive from the window that appears when you enter System Information>Storage>Manage. I wanted to drag and drop immediately, however, when you drag after selecting "All the documents" in this Manage box, nothing happens. Not all of these items are downloaded documents that can be located in my Movies folder; most of them are movie files that were downloaded rather than iMovie. On my hard drive, under user>me>movies, there is a 'Documents' folder with a total size of 60 GB, yet this Storage>Manage>Documents folder has 415 GB. How can I pick up and move every one of these?

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iBoysoft author Amanda Wong

Amanda Wong

Answered on Wednesday, April 24, 2024

When you check the storage on your Mac, the Documents means a category containing the files in your home folder that aren't included in other categories, like Pages documents and PDFs. It also contains videos and photos that aren't grouped by your photo library (for example, an image you downloaded from a website). You can't directly drag files to transfer from this window.

To copy/move files on Mac, you have to use Finder, the file management tool on macOS, from the Finder's sidebar, you can find there is also a Documents tab, which is a folder, different from the Documents showing in Storage. You can directly move the files from The Documents folder by dragging-dropping them to your external hard drive and emptying this folder.

If you want to delete all the items you see in the Documents category, you need to locate those files in Finder first, read how to find files and folders on Mac, and then move them to Trash.

There is also an easy way you to choose to clean up your Mac, that is using a third-party Mac cleaner such as iBoysoft DiskGeeker, its Space Analyze feature scans the Mac and lists files grouped by different categories so that you can quickly filter the items you want to delete, and then remove them altogether.

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