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10.5: Clear Download stack via an overlay icon System 10.5
I hate how stacks only allow you to drag one file at a time out of them, so I decided to combine some earlier hints into a solution. By combining the overlay icons discussed here with this AppleScript, I've created an overlay icon for the Downloads folder [84KB download] that actually performs a helpful function: it empties the stack if you select it!

To add the ability to sort by date modified as well as by name, open Terminal, cd to the correct folder and then, assuming you haven't changed the name of the AppleScript, just type this:
touch -mt 202001010101.01 " Downloads .app"
[robg adds: I haven't tested this one -- note that this is different than this hint, which uses an Automator action to clear a stack. (The comments to that hint explain how to use the Automator action to similar effect as shown here.)]
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