Trashcan without dock?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Benbikeman, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Benbikeman macrumors 6502a

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    With gestures for Launchpad and Mission Control, I'm thinking I don't need the dock. However, hiding it is a nuisance when you want to delete multiple files (right-click is fine for deleting individual files) due to the delay in it appearing.

    Is it possible to have a trashcan any place other than the dock?
     
  2. Typswif2fingers macrumors 6502

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    Mate, Path Finder 5 has an option to have a trash can on desktop..
     
  3. Benbikeman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. Looks like overkill given I'm trying to reduce clutter, but an option at least if there's no built-in solution.
     
  4. westonm macrumors member

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    You should be able to create a symlink to the trash. The icon would have to be replaced and I don't think it would be able to change states (empty/full) but it should work.

    It's an old hint but the relevant information still holds true I believe.

    http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20030821100831554
     
  5. ConnorCG macrumors member

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    ln -s ~/.Trash ~/Desktop/Trash

    Then find an image of the OS X trash can, and set it as the icon of the sym link on your desktop.
    As a side note, I wish I had set my filesystem to be case sensitive, something that this post just made me realize I forgot to do. :(
     
  6. Benbikeman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for those. As a recent returnee to Mac, I'll need to bone-up to do it, but good to know there's a method.

    I currently have a compromise of a visible dock but no apps in it, so only my currently-running apps appear. Everything else I access via gesture from LP. As a bonus, it makes it easier to see when I've left an app running.
     
  7. guitargoddsjm macrumors 6502

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    What about the simpler solutions?

    Can't you highlight multiple files > right-click > Move to trash?

    Or highlight multiple files > Cmd-Delete?
     
  8. Benbikeman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, thanks. CMD-Del doesn't work (and is in any case quite an awkward three-key combination on a MBP without a delete key - delete is FN-Backspace), but I didn't realise I could use right-click trash on multiple files. Sorted. :)
     

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