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Restoring deleted items

From: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features

Video: Restoring deleted items

If you are like most people you have probably at one time or another accidentally dragged a file to your Mac's Trash or even placed a file there deliberately, but then changed your mind. In Snow Leopard, it's super easy to return a Trash file back to its previous location without having to navigate through a series of folders. For example, I am going to go into my Documents folder and I will create a New Folder in there. Just move that over. And I am going to call this 'correspondence.' And inside there I will create another New Folder and I will call that 'personal letters.' Now let's go to TextEdit and I will start typing a letter: "Dear Abby," that's a good start.

Restoring deleted items

If you are like most people you have probably at one time or another accidentally dragged a file to your Mac's Trash or even placed a file there deliberately, but then changed your mind. In Snow Leopard, it's super easy to return a Trash file back to its previous location without having to navigate through a series of folders. For example, I am going to go into my Documents folder and I will create a New Folder in there. Just move that over. And I am going to call this 'correspondence.' And inside there I will create another New Folder and I will call that 'personal letters.' Now let's go to TextEdit and I will start typing a letter: "Dear Abby," that's a good start.

I will choose File > Save. I am going to save that into that personal letters folder. I will just call it 'abby,' and we'll close that. Okay, and there it is. Now let's say I have decided I am not going to write this letter after all, so I will just drag it to the Trash. And there it is sitting in the Trash. Let's go ahead and close all of our windows. Now in previous versions of the Mac OS as long as you didn't empty the Trash, you could always retrieve files by simply dragging them out.

So if I change my mind about deleting this letter, I just need to drag it out to, say, my Desktop and then I could move it back into that personal letters folder. But Snow Leopard makes it easy to return the letter to the folder it was sitting in before I trashed it. With the file selected, I just choose File > Put Back. And if I go look in that Documents/correspondence/personal letters folder again, there is the file sitting safe and sound. And if you are into keyboard commands, you probably know the keyboard command to send an item to the Trash is Command+Delete.

And again, you can see it's sitting in there in the Trash. Conveniently, the keyboard command to put a file back is also Command+Delete. So with that file selected in the Trash, I press Command+Delete and it gets sent back to where it came from.

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Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features

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  1. 3m 27s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Mac OS X Snow Leopard system requirements
      1m 44s
    3. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 5m 23s
    1. Overview of Snow Leopard
      2m 22s
    2. Understanding 64-bit support
      3m 1s
  3. 15m 13s
    1. Using text substitution
      4m 54s
    2. Updating printer drivers
      1m 43s
    3. Working with new fonts
      1m 17s
    4. Seeing improvements to AirPort signal strength
      1m 18s
    5. Using the new thesaurus
      2m 37s
    6. Reviewing new date and time features
      1m 42s
    7. Using screen locking
      1m 42s
  4. 9m 4s
    1. Restoring deleted items
      2m 1s
    2. Reviewing icon enhancements
      3m 49s
    3. Adjusting Spotlight view options
      2m 7s
    4. Using the better drive ejection feature
      1m 7s
  5. 6m 11s
    1. Using scrollable stacks
      1m 51s
    2. Activating Exposé
      2m 51s
    3. Minimizing into application icon
      1m 29s
  6. 9m 50s
    1. Storing top sites
      4m 19s
    2. Searching through your history
      2m 21s
    3. Using full page zoom
      1m 33s
    4. Using Google Suggest
      1m 37s
  7. 20m 20s
    1. Reviewing the new interface
      3m 3s
    2. Using quick video and audio capture
      1m 49s
    3. Setting up screen recording
      3m 37s
    4. Using quick trimming
      1m 46s
    5. Sharing movies
      8m 4s
    6. A word about QuickTime 7
      2m 1s
  8. 7m 14s
    1. Viewing contact sheets
      1m 44s
    2. Using intelligent text selection
      1m 11s
    3. Working with the Annotations toolbar
      1m 13s
    4. Opening multiple documents
      1m 8s
    5. Importing from a scanner
      1m 58s
  9. 7m 48s
    1. General improvements
      58s
    2. Using the flight data detector
      2m 16s
    3. Reviewing the sidebar improvements
      50s
    4. Working with Exchange support
      3m 44s
  10. 4m 41s
    1. Syncing with Google and Yahoo
      3m 4s
    2. Viewing and editing events
      1m 37s
  11. 7m 3s
    1. General improvements
      1m 11s
    2. Displaying past conversations
      2m 13s
    3. Marking and clearing transcripts
      1m 28s
    4. Using multiple status settings
      52s
    5. Working with Quick Look integration
      1m 19s
  12. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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