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3. Trashed Items Can’t Be Opened

Suppose that you are doing some hard drive house cleaning and you drag a lot of items to the Trash. Before emptying the Trash, you have second thoughts about an item and want to open it—just to be sure that it’s nothing you want to keep. So you double-click the document in an attempt to open it one last time, only to be confronted by a dialog box (see Figure 1), telling you the document "could not be opened because it is in the Trash. To use this item, drag it out of the Trash first."

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Figure 1 Opening a document that’s in the Trash isn’t a destructive action, so why does Mac OS X refuse to help?

This dialog box is doubly infuriating because first it tells you something you probably already knew (that the item is in the Trash); then it refuses to help overcome the problem, instead telling you how to manually get around the roadblock. This problem would be more elegantly handled if the dialog box explained, "Click OK to open this item after it is moved to the Desktop. Click Cancel to leave it unopened in the Trash."

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