You learn something new every day: I just realized that I’ve been doing something deliberately that Mac OS users do because they can’t do anything any other way: I delete files only via the operating system (in my case, Windows XP), rather than use the weird “file-delete” menu choices that too many Windows programs have. I have always thought that deleting, say, a Word document via Word would fuck Windows up, or at least confuse it (I hate that little animated flashlight that pops up when it’s trying to find a no-longer-existant file). True, that “quick pick” document-opening selection of the four or so latest documents that Word offers gets bollixed up when I go into My Computer or Explorer and delete a file that I had recently opened in Word, but who cares, it’s only Word.
Anyway, I always had set in my head to do it this way, at least as long as I’ve been using Windows. When I first started using computers we were started on DOS — Windows was still a new baby — and you could only use one program at a time and they sort of took over the whole computer so yes, you would delete a Wordperfect file most easily using Wordperfect, etc., but that was DOS. I had a brief foray into Linux a few years ago but I can’t remember if you could delete files with the applications.
Update: this will show you how lazy and unobservant I am — prompted by meep’s comment, I decided to actually look at the menus of the programs I use most. I don’t see a “delete” option in any of them. I think that what the above-linked post was talking about was the way you can delete files using the “open” menu, not directly from the menu bar itself. What the applications actually do is open a mini-Explorer, which shows you the folder list. I don’t think I’ve ever deleted an application via that route, but it’s simply another path to the same end. It’s not necessary, of course, but neither are pretty GUIs. (If I had my druthers, I’d install Linux and use one of the plainer Window Management systems. I may do that with the laptop once I get a new desktop system.)