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10.5: A simpler way to open files in the trash System 10.5
This previous hint explains how to use Quick Look to preview files in the trash. But what if you want to actually open the trashed file?

It turns out that's amazing simple -- just double-click on the Quick Look window to open the document itself. Previously, you'd have to either move the file out of the trash, or drag and drop it onto an application icon in the Dock.
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10.5: A simpler way to open files in the trash
Authored by: johnsawyercjs on May 23, '08 10:43:45AM

Interesting. I tried this with each of the major item types (documents, folders, and apps), and found that you can only open documents and folders this way (though opening trashed folders was always supported by the Trash). The obvious question this raises, is if Apple now allows opening documents that are in the Trash using Quick Look, why not allow trashed documents to be opened by just double-clicking on them where they appear in the Trash window? Maybe Apple hopes that anyone who knows how to open trashed documents using Quick Look, will also know that these documents can't be modified in the Trash, but rather need to be saved to a different location if you make changes to them (which is what the doc's app tells you when you try to edit these opened, trashed files). But that would be a thin line of logic. It's more likely they just "forgot" to change the original behavior of the Trash window.



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10.5: A simpler way to open files in the trash
Authored by: johnsawyercjs on May 23, '08 10:31:13PM

On second thought, rather than being likely Apple forgot to change the original behavior of the Trash window, to match that of Quick Look's ability to open documents in the Trash, Apple probably neglected to add to Quick Look, the inability to open documents in the Trash.



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10.5: A simpler way to open files in the trash
Authored by: S on May 24, '08 02:22:01AM

MP3s too.



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10.5: A simpler way to open files in the trash
Authored by: slswift on May 27, '08 09:53:38AM

And Installer Package files. (If you have a Quicklook extension for them.)



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10.5: A simpler way to open files in the trash
Authored by: lowbatteries on May 23, '08 11:34:15AM

I would say this is a bug that some will see as a feature. I think that Apple's stance - and i agree - is you shouldn't open files in the trash, period - it could cause a lot of headache.



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