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Actions Menu

The Actions Menu on the search results page is the functional heart of Spring Cleaning. Once you look through the search results, identify, and select the file or files you want to act on, you use the Actions Menu to choose an appropriate action. (If you want to delete files to save disk space, it is a good idea to first archive them or move them to the Trash or Storage. Then, if everything still runs normally, make the final deletion.)

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The actions available on a particular Actions Menu depend on the Spring Cleaning tool you are using. Here is a list of Spring Cleaning actions divided into two sections: generic actions available from any tool and custom actions available from particular tools:

Spring Cleaning Actions - Generic

Get Info

Get information about the selected items.

Get Info With MagniFile

Get additional information about the selected items not available with Get Info.

Open

Open the selected items.

Open With...

Open the selected items with a specified application.

Reveal

Display the selected item in the Finder.

Move To Folder...

Move the selected items to a specified folder. Note that this is not a copy operation. The items are relocated, not copied, into the folder. (The Move To Folder option in the Actions tab in Preferences lets you set a default behavior if an item with the same name already exists in the destination folder.)

Move To Storage

Move the selected items into storage. The items are still on your system, but no longer visible. You can take an item out of storage using the Storage tab on the main Spring Cleaning window. See Storage.

Move To Trash

Move the selected items to the Trash.

Duplicate to StuffIt Archive...

Duplicate the selected items into a StuffIt archive. You can use this action to archive versions of material you are working on. You can take an item out of the archive using StuffIt Expander or StuffIt Deluxe both are available at www.stuffit.com.

Move To StuffIt Archive...

Move the selected items into a StuffIt archive. The items are no longer visible from the Finder. This is a convenient way of testing the effect of removing items from your system. You can take an item out of an archive using StuffIt Expander or StuffIt Deluxe both are available at www.stuffit.com.

Share With SendStuffNow...

Share selected items using SendStuffNow. On first use the account must be set up using the SendStuffNow Setup Assistant. If you have not yewt set it up you will be prompted to do so. When uploading a file to share you can choose to encrypt the archive and append the date and time to the archive prior to setting up the share. You have 2GB of file space. With Spring Cleaning you have access to this service for 1 year. You may subscribe for additional terms at www.stuffit.com.

Duplicate to Disk Image...

Duplicate the selected items and copy them into a Disk Image file. The original items are still on your system.

Move To Disk Image...

Move the selected items and cut them into a Disk Image file. The items are no longer visible from the Finder.

Mail

Add the selected items to an email as an attachment.

Stuff and Mail

Compress the selected items into a StuffIt X archive and attach it to an email.

Burn To Disc...

Burn the selected items to CD or DVD.

Duplicate To Folder...

Duplicate the selected items and place the copies in a specified folder. (The Duplicate to Folder option in the Actions tab in Preferences lets you set a default behavior if an item with the same name already exists in the destination folder.)

Make Alias...

Make aliases for the selected items.

QuickCompare

Use the QuickCompare application to compare two files, two folders, or two archives you have selected in the list of search results.

Rename...

Rename the selected items. Note that if you rename a file that already exists in a database for an application such as iPhoto or iTunes, the application may no longer recognize the file. You should rename files in an application database using the application itself rather than Spring Cleaning. (The Rename option in the Actions tab in Preferences lets you set default date and time separators.)

Run Script...

Run an AppleScript applet.

Upload

Upload the selected file to an HTTP, FTP or MobileMe site of your choosing.

Delete

Delete the selected items. By default, this action is not available. To make it available, use the Application tab in Preferences.

Secure Delete

Securely delete (overwrite) the selected items. By default, this action is not available. To make it available, use the Application tab in Preferences. (The Secure Delete option in the Actions tab in Preferences lets you set the number of times to overwrite the items.)

Spring Cleaning Actions - Tool Specific

Add to iTunes

Add the selected music files to the iTunes library.
(Available in Music Finder, Custom Search, and Storage.)

Edit Cookies...

Edit the selected browser cookies.
(Available in Internet File Finder and Storage.)

Edit History Files...

Edit the selected browser history files.
(Available in Internet File Finder and Storage.)

Import into iPhoto

Import the selected image files into the iPhoto library.
(Available in Image Finder, Custom Search, and Storage.)

Install/Uninstall Widget

Install or uninstall selected Dashboard widgets.
(Available in Widget Finder, Custom Search, and Storage.)

Rescan Storage Folders

Refresh the list of items in Storage.
(Available in Storage.)

Restore Selected Actions Records

Undo or reverse selected actions.
(Available in Restore.)

Restore Selected Items

Remove selected items from Storage and restore them to their original locations.
(Available in Storage.)

Slim Universal Executable

Slim selected universal code files. You can remove the code your Mac doesn't require: Intel or PowerPC. (The Slim Universal Executable option in the Actions tab in Preferences lets you select various diet plans for your universal code.)
(Available in Universal Application Finder, Custom Search, and Restore.)

Tidy Storage Folders

Optimize the organization of the material in Storage.

Update Alias...

Reconnect a selected alias to a file.
(Available in Broken Alias Finder, Custom Search, and Storage.)

Preferences - Actions Settings

The Actions tab in Preferences lets you control the details of particular actions. You choose the action you want to tailor from the pop-up menu:

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Move To Folder - If an item with the same name exists in the destination folder, you can have Spring Cleaning ask you what to do. Alternatively, you can have Spring Cleaning automatically modify the name of either file, overwrite the file in the destination folder, or abandon the move.

Share With SendStuffNow You can set Spring Cleaning to automatically delete temporary archives created for uploading or save the archives to a folder of your choosing.

Duplicate to Disk Image - If an item with the same name exists in the destination folder, you can have Spring Cleaning ask you what to do. Alternatively, you can have Spring Cleaning automatically modify the name of either file, overwrite the file in the destination folder, or abandon the duplication.

Move To Disk Image - If an item with the same name exists in the destination folder, you can have Spring Cleaning ask you what to do. Alternatively, you can have Spring Cleaning automatically modify the name of either file, overwrite the file in the destination folder, or abandon the move.

Add to Poser Library - If an item with the same name exists in the destination folder, you can have Spring Cleaning ask you what to do. Alternatively, you can have Spring Cleaning automatically modify the name of either file, overwrite the file in the destination folder, or abandon the duplication.

Duplicate To Folder - If an item with the same name exists in the destination folder, you can have Spring Cleaning ask you what to do. Alternatively, you can have Spring Cleaning automatically modify the name of either file, overwrite the file in the destination folder, or abandon the duplication.

Rename - When you rename a file, you can specify the characters that separate the date components, the time components, and the date and time.

Slim Universal Executable - When you slim universal code, Spring Cleaning by default first makes a copy of the original file, removes the code your Mac does not need from this copy, and then gives you the option of moving the original file to the Trash. These settings let you change the behavior for all three steps.

Upload - You can set Spring Cleaning to automatically delete temporary archives created for uploading or save the archives to a folder of your choosing. If an item with the same name exists on the remote server you can have Spring Cleaning ask you what to do. Alternatively, you can have Spring Cleaning automatically overwrite the file on the server, or not upload the item.

Secure Delete - When you securely delete free space on your hard disk, you can set the number of times the overwriting operation takes place. Four is the recommended setting.