Does the Remove or Cancel dialog contain any other information such as "The Original File cannot be deleted... missing or offline"?
If so it simply means the connection between the file and lightroom has been lost. If they are on an external drive, connect it.
If that is not the case then a workaround until a permanent solution is found could be to create a delete folder on your hard drive then move the files to it via Lightrooms Library Module. Remove them from the catalog, then navigate to the folder on your hard drive and delete the files from your system.
Hi - no, no other information or errors, it just doesn't attempt the delete.
I'll try your workaround thanks, although it's annoying that I can't delete them directly.
I had a similar problem, and here is what I think is happening.
It depends on how you are viewing your pictures. If you are viewing a collection, Delete Rejected Photos will only remove them from the collection. There is no prompt to remove the files from the hard drive. Instead, you need to view the entire catalog (All Photographs). This time when you selected Delete Rejected Photos, there is a prompt asking if you want to remove the files completely from hard disk.
I have recently switched from Bridge to Lightroom, and I'm used to organizing and sorting my photos by directory. This is another adjustment I need to make in my normal workflow.
From the "Library" tab, you need to select the main folder (right click and select "Show Parent Folder" if you can't find the main folder where you store your photos on your drive) from the "Folders" view. Then filter for rejected photos in the Filmstrip. Then go to the "Photo" menu and select "Delete Rejected Photos..." This is very important, because you can't delete rejects on your drive directly from the "Collections" view, as I said, you need to be inside the "Folders" view. Hope this helps.