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  1. macdumb macrumors member

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    Why is it that when I look in my HD and go into "today" and view the apps I used today, I can't delete them with out totally deleting them off the comp?

    I am having such a hard time figuring out this MAC. Thank God for a forum like this and all your help.

    Thanks for any info.

    Maybe I need a MAC for dummies book?
     
  2. johto macrumors 6502

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    Huh? Those are DYNAMIC search results, not files you delete.
    Those results are listing for example, files you have accessed "today" :)
    You can make and save your own pre-defined dynamic searches too with Finders search feature...

    I highly recommend this book http://www.amazon.com/Mac-OS-Leopar...bs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226803190&sr=8-1
     
  3. macdumb thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for the info, can you explain "dynamic"?

    I am telling you, if I delete an app out of "today"

    it is gone! that is how I lost safari earlier and had to reboot.

    thanks
     
  4. *old-guy* macrumors regular

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    Hi there,
    To tell the truth, I'm struggling to think of a reason why you would want to delete anything from the list. :confused:
     
  5. macdumb thread starter macrumors member

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    yup, I just verified it, when I move stuff out of my "today" section, it also takes it out of my applications section.

    weird
     
  6. johto macrumors 6502

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    ARGGHHG! :eek:

    You DONT DELETE anything from the search results, because those are the REAL same files which are in you applications or where ever. The search results are dynamic. This means, if you click on the "today" it will show all the files you have created / accessed TODAY. Its very simple and should make sense? Why are you trying to delete anything from the list? Its dynamic and changes every time you operate your system. Its actually quite funny, there have been other threads about this search thing. You should familiar your self with the finder's dynamic search function. Anyone of you who dont grasp this simple idea, get the book i recommend ok? :)

    There is no reason to delete your search results. If you are worried about your privacy because its showing what files you are accessing, for example search results showing "gay_midget_porn.avi", you should have your own accounts per user. OS X is designed to be multiuser environment. :p
     
  7. NEAME macrumors member

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    I think he has the right idea about the 'dummies book' to begin.

    ........... I profess to know nothing
     
  8. jessimmonds macrumors newbie

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    Hopefull useful explanation

    Those lists can be made in many applications, such as Mail and iTunes. The list (as in the "Today" list) is "Smart" which means it is updated based on searching the computer (using Apple's own search technology called Spotlight) and finding the results which fit the criteria that it was looking for, i.e. files used in the last day. To get the results out of that list, just to Spotlight Preferences (Apple Menu [top-left] > System Preferences > Personal > Spotlight) and use the Privacy tab to indicate that you do not want Spotlight to search the Applications folder (just use the little "+" at the bottom and browse for the file in the Sidebar).

    Hope this is helpful! You can now finally omit results from the Today list without deleting the application.
     
  9. macdumb thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you very much!
     
  10. macdumb thread starter macrumors member

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    How did you know that those are my all time favorite video's????

    hahaha just kidding. Really, I was just wondering why the same thing are being stored in different areas. I hated that about Windows also. I just like to have a clean computer is all!
     
  11. johto macrumors 6502

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    Hah, those are not "stored" anywhere, those are just search results, taking no space, just pointing to the real files. Nothing is "doubled" or "wasted". lol :p

    [​IMG]
     
  12. johto macrumors 6502

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    I dont think this is smart thing to do. If you exclude some files, example applications, then your spotlight usage is cripled. I my self, like to start applications frequently by using fast spotlight search with cmd+space key combo..
     
  13. Batt macrumors 65816

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    If you just click the triangle next to "Search For", you won't see that stuff anymore.
     
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  15. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    Nice, donkey porn...
     
  16. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    or in the Finder preferences, you can uncheck "today" or any of the other items and they wont show up at all
     
  17. macdumb thread starter macrumors member

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    DUDE! your the man! Now I won't accidently delete stuff!
     
  18. macdumb thread starter macrumors member

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    I ordered the missing manual book. I am gonna be WICKED SMART!!!!!!
     
  19. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a

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    Why would you like to delete them??? The "Today" window is just a search (think of it as a link... I pressume you have just switched from windows). If you don't like to see which apps you've used today, delete the search (The "today") from the finder.

    YES, you do. But that`s ok, no one is born knowing it all. By the way, the computers are Macs (or macs, if you like it so), MACS (all with caps) is another different thing.


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    EDIT: Oops, sorry. I opened this page in the morning, and did not refreshed before answering at night. Now I see the problem was solved before I posted. Congrats for the book!
     

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