Trash on desktop - 10.6.3

Discussion in 'macOS' started by polkovnik, May 8, 2010.

  1. polkovnik macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Any way to get a Trash on the desktop ? I hide the dock all time time and I hate having to drag my files down the screen to then move them to the trash.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    #3
    You don't even need to drag them. You can right-click (or Control-click) on them and select "Move to Trash".
     
  3. Vader macrumors 65816

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  4. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Or Command + Delete.

    You can accomplish this without any 3rd party applications. If you want to know how, let me know.
     
  5. polkovnik thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I know of the commands / shortcuts all the previous posters mentioned, but I miss my desktop trash from OS 9 (I know, I know).
     
  6. calderone macrumors 68040

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    You can quite simply create a symbolic link, but they don't support custom icons.

    Here are the basic instructions to do this without 3rd party tools.

    1. Open Terminal and type

    Code:
    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles Yes; killall Finder
    2. Navigate to your home folder

    3. Right click on .Trash and "Make Alias" or select it and hit Command + L

    4. Drag .Trash alias to your Desktop

    5. Rename it Trash

    6. Open Trash from the Dock

    7. Without clicking anything type Command + I or Get Info

    8. Click the Trash icon in the top left and copy it, Command C

    9. Get info on the Trash alias

    10. Click the folder icon in the top left and paste the trash icon, Command + V

    11. Type this in Terminal to hide hidden filers and folders again:

    Code:
    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles No; killall Finder
    You now have a Trash icon on your desktop. The only annoyance will be that alias badge, which you can remove or change with some more work.

    The result:
     

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  7. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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    #8
    A utility called "Compost" comes with an application called "DeskTrash" that does exactly what you want.

    It's a much more robust solution than the others suggested here.

    S-
     

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