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    Question about finder
    When I go into Finder, I see a section on the left side with history from today, yesterday, etc and then it lists movies, pics and documents. Is there a way to turn that history off or if I clear it, will it delete the actual files? Thanks

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    Don't delete anything in there, as you are deleting the actual files.
    Go to Finder in the menu bar, preferences, sidebar, and deselect anything you don't want showing there.

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    Not sure if this is what you want.... but open the Finder, click on preferences, and remove the checks from the boxes under the section that says "Search for". That should eliminate the history. I have mine set that way and the history doesn't show up in Finder.

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    Ps. you can also right click and select remove from sidebar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6string View Post
    Don't delete anything in there, as you are deleting the actual files.
    Go to Finder in the menu bar, preferences, sidebar, and deselect anything you don't want showing there.
    Great, thanks. By de-selecting the history part I won't be limiting my search results if I do decide to search for something that I used yesterday, will I?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeg679 View Post
    By de-selecting the history part I won't be limiting my search results if I do decide to search for something that I used yesterday, will I?
    Nope

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    Great, thanks a lot, guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6string View Post
    Don't delete anything in there, as you are deleting the actual files.
    If I'm not mistaken, the OP is referring to Smart Folders, and removing them from the sidebar. That won't delete the files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toMACsh View Post
    If I'm not mistaken, the OP is referring to Smart Folders, and removing them from the sidebar. That won't delete the files.
    Deleting items within them will delete the files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6string View Post
    Deleting items within them will delete the files.
    As I understood the OP, this was not the question.

    Quote Originally Posted by joeg679 View Post
    When I go into Finder, I see a section on the left side with history from today, yesterday, etc and then it lists movies, pics and documents. Is there a way to turn that history off or if I clear it, will it delete the actual files? Thanks
    Perhaps in the next part of that, by "clear it" the OP means delete everything in it, but I didn't take it that way. However, "turning it off" is simple. Drag it off, which has the same effect as unchecking it in preferences. That does not delete the files. You can also just click the "disclosure triangle" and get the list to "roll up" and be out of sight.

    But if OP means not having those things "tracked" in the Smart Folders, I'm not aware of a way to do that. I admit that I thought those were just aliases, and did not know you could delete the real file from that location. Good to know!

    I also thought I'd read that these are not copies of the files, and thus do not take up more disk space. Maybe that led me to the above conclusion. So, is that not the case either?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toMACsh View Post
    As I understood the OP, this was not the question.



    Perhaps in the next part of that, by "clear it" the OP means delete everything in it, but I didn't take it that way. However, "turning it off" is simple. Drag it off, which has the same effect as unchecking it in preferences. That does not delete the files. You can also just click the "disclosure triangle" and get the list to "roll up" and be out of sight.

    But if OP means not having those things "tracked" in the Smart Folders, I'm not aware of a way to do that. I admit that I thought those were just aliases, and did not know you could delete the real file from that location. Good to know!

    I also thought I'd read that these are not copies of the files, and thus do not take up more disk space. Maybe that led me to the above conclusion. So, is that not the case either?
    Quote Originally Posted by joeg679 View Post
    Is there a way to turn that history off or if I clear it, will it delete the actual files?
    Looks to me that I answered the question correctly, but who knows unless the OP comes back to clear things up for you?

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    Yeah. What about my question?

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    For some of the searches you guys have been talking about it seems to me that for files on locally connected drives the files are moved to the trash but not deleted. I am not sure whether the same applies to files stored on network shares. Then again maybe I am misunderstanding something.

    Perhaps someone else can test this with a dummy/junk file. Not with anything important obviously. Seems to me it moved the files to the trash last time I used it. Then again I have Finder set to warn me before deleting stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slydude View Post
    For some of the searches you guys have been talking about it seems to me that for files on locally connected drives the files are moved to the trash but not deleted. I am not sure whether the same applies to files stored on network shares. Then again maybe I am misunderstanding something.

    Perhaps someone else can test this with a dummy/junk file. Not with anything important obviously. Seems to me it moved the files to the trash last time I used it. Then again I have Finder set to warn me before deleting stuff.
    It does move it to the trash before deleting it.

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    Thanks. I was beginning to think I had forgotten something.
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