5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 21, 2008 2:14 PM by Jeffrey Jones2
feefifofum Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
If I want to delete some files from my finder history (Today) how do I do so ?

macbook, Mac OS X (10.4)
  • nerowolfe Level 6 Level 6 (13,070 points)
    feefifofum wrote:
    If I want to delete some files from my finder history (Today) how do I do so ?

    They are not files but simply links.
    Do you actually wish to delete the files?
    Then select the files and delete them.
    "Today" is simply a "Smart Folder" that keeps track of all of today's files. It does not contain the actual files.
  • feefifofum Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    thanks - ok, it's the links I'd like to delete - in effect, to erase the history for today
  • nerowolfe Level 6 Level 6 (13,070 points)
    feefifofum wrote:
    thanks - ok, it's the links I'd like to delete - in effect, to erase the history for today

    That is not easy to do, but you can simply remove that item from the finder sidebar.
    In Finder preferences, under Sidebar, simply uncheck "Today" and they are gone.
  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,540 points)
    The "history" as you put it is not an editable list. Rather, it's a smart folder that performs an active, live search on all the files in your system. When you access or edit a file, the system appends tags and dates to those files. The smart folder catalogues these time stamps and displays them in order. There's no way to manually remove one of these items beyond removing the smart folder.
  • Jeffrey Jones2 Level 6 Level 6 (8,605 points)
    Files in a Smart Folder are not links! Of course the Smart Folder is a search, and the files are located elsewhere, but if you delete, move, rename, etc a file in a Smart Folder you are working on the real thing, not an alias.