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Taking out the trash (recycle bin)

From: Computer Literacy for the Mac

Video: Taking out the trash (recycle bin)

During the course of your day-to-day managing of the files and folders on your Mac, you will most likely come across items that you no longer need. If you really don't need a copy of a file anymore, you should move it to your Mac's Trash, represented by the little waste- basket icon on the far right side of the Dock. On my desktop, I have a To Do list file that I've created in our previous movie, which I don't need anymore. All I have to do to get rid of it is drag it to the Trash. I hear a little sound effect and notice the Trash's icon has changed to look like paper has been thrown in the wastebasket, which is a nice visual indication that there are items in your trash.

Taking out the trash (recycle bin)

During the course of your day-to-day managing of the files and folders on your Mac, you will most likely come across items that you no longer need. If you really don't need a copy of a file anymore, you should move it to your Mac's Trash, represented by the little waste- basket icon on the far right side of the Dock. On my desktop, I have a To Do list file that I've created in our previous movie, which I don't need anymore. All I have to do to get rid of it is drag it to the Trash. I hear a little sound effect and notice the Trash's icon has changed to look like paper has been thrown in the wastebasket, which is a nice visual indication that there are items in your trash.

Now, just like with the real trash can that sits by your feet at your real desk, you can still retrieve files that you have thrown in the trash as long as you haven't emptied the trash, which we'll look at how to do in just a moment. To see the contents of your trash, just click its icon. So you can see my To Do list is still sitting here, safe and sound. If I change my mind and want to remove it from the Trash, all I have to do is drag it back to my desktop. But let's put that back in the Trash for a moment. I can just drag it to this folder, since it's open. A nice feature of Mac OS X is that you can select a file in your Trash, click this little Gear Button icon, and one of the options here is Put Back, which when chosen, puts the selected file back to where it was before you moved it to the Trash.

This can be especially useful if you change your mind about trashing a file that was previously stored in several nested folders. Instead of having to navigate through all those folders, you can just choose Put Back to return it to its original location, in this case, to return the file to the desktop. What if you really do want to completely get rid of a file? Well, first drag it to the Trash. I am just going to close that window, because I don't need to see the file anymore. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash. A message appears asking you to confirm that you do want to empty the Trash and warns you that you can't undo this if you proceed.

This is your last chance to change your mind. If you're sure you want to empty the Trash, then click Empty Trash; if not, click Cancel. But in this case, I'll choose Empty Trash. Notice you hear that little paper crumpling sound, and then my Trash icon goes back to the appearance of an empty wastebasket, and there's no longer anything in the Trash window. So that To Do list really has been deleted from my computer. Now, there are other ways to potentially rescue recently deleted files, involving special software and other techniques, but we're not going to get into that here. And there are also other ways to send files to the Trash and empty it, but now you have the basic knowledge needed to understand how the Trash system works on your Mac, and how to trash and delete files when you no longer need them.

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Computer Literacy for the Mac

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  1. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the assessment files
      1m 7s
    3. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 9m 51s
    1. What's a computer?
      1m 49s
    2. What's inside a computer?
      2m 46s
    3. Laptop vs. desktop computers
      1m 59s
    4. Special considerations when using a laptop
      3m 17s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the operating system
      3m 3s
    2. Understanding files, folders, and directories
      4m 49s
    3. Understanding your home folder (your user folder)
      5m 21s
    4. Using your desktop
      3m 11s
    5. Taking out the trash (recycle bin)
      2m 21s
    6. The right click
      2m 13s
  4. 24m 8s
    1. Understanding applications
      4m 24s
    2. Opening and saving files
      4m 10s
    3. Choosing the right tool
      4m 44s
    4. How to learn any application
      3m 53s
    5. Five things that work in all applications
      6m 57s
  5. 36m 22s
    1. Understanding computer ports
      2m 59s
    2. Setting up a printer
      3m 7s
    3. Printing your documents
      4m 30s
    4. Setting up a scanner
      2m 27s
    5. Scanning a document
      6m 15s
    6. Setting up a projector or second monitor
      5m 56s
    7. Using a projector
      3m 43s
    8. Portable storage devices
      3m 53s
    9. Pairing with Bluetooth devices
      3m 32s
  6. 17m 27s
    1. Understanding networks and internet access
      2m 58s
    2. Connecting to wired network
      2m 36s
    3. Connecting to wireless networks
      4m 4s
    4. Working in a networked environment
      6m 15s
    5. Staying protected from viruses
      1m 34s
  7. 19m 31s
    1. Understanding email servers and clients
      2m 11s
    2. Setting up your email application
      4m 15s
    3. Receiving and reading email
      2m 21s
    4. Composing new email messages
      5m 52s
    5. Reply vs. Reply All
      2m 11s
    6. Dealing with spam
      2m 41s
  8. 8m 24s
    1. Understanding search engines
      1m 24s
    2. Conducting basic searches
      3m 51s
    3. Conducting advanced searches
      3m 9s
  9. 24m 21s
    1. Using word processors
      4m 22s
    2. Formatting text
      7m 7s
    3. Using spreadsheets
      3m 36s
    4. Creating a simple data table
      7m 37s
    5. Formatting a data table
      1m 39s
  10. 18m 53s
    1. Importing images from a digital camera
      4m 46s
    2. Storing and organizing digital images
      5m 11s
    3. Basic image manipulation
      4m 10s
    4. Tagging images
      2m 32s
    5. Sharing images
      2m 14s
  11. 10m 52s
    1. Common obstacles in sharing files
      1m 37s
    2. Creating PDFs for document sharing
      5m 35s
    3. Compressing files
      3m 40s
  12. 1m 3s
    1. What's next?
      1m 3s

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