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Protecting a file from accidentally being sent.

On 2 May 2018 at 20:35, Liam Proven <lproven at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, 2 May 2018 at 12:10, Owen Thomas <owen.paul.thomas at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > It is a pity if this is true: I used the presence of various files on my
> desktop as a reminder for me that backup tasks need to be completed. I've
> moved my CV to a folder called CV in an effort to prevent mistakes, but I'm
> not sure that this will be foolproof.
> Please *bottom* post on mailing lists. Your reply should go _below_ the
> trimmed part of the text you're replying to.

Sorry Liam.

> Peter is right. Desktops are not for storage. They are a work area. Your
> working files should be in folders -- that's why Ubuntu provides you with
> ~/Documents, ~/Pictures, ~/Videos, ~/Music etc. Use them!
> If you want to keep something to hand, put a _shortcut_ on your desktop.

I did try that; the shortcut I created seemed to refer directly to the file
when I viewed it from the file selection dialogue. I have to admit to being
unfamiliar with shortcuts. Are they different from symbolic links? Can I
create one of those?

> Otherwise, no, I don't think there's anything you can do to block certain
> files from being opened by certain apps.

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