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TextEdit won't display recent files

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Stephen Schulte1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Mar 22, 2013 7:17 AM

TextEdit won't display recent files!  THIS USED TO WORK-- but now all I see is the words (greyed-out) "Clear Menu".  Not even sure what that means.

 

My recent files works fine in WORD and other applications that offer this.  Any comments appreciated as to how to get this feature back!

 

Best regards,

 

 

Steve Schulte

Friday 22 March 2013

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion, Also a Mac SE running 6.0.4 - not upgrading that!
  • CT Level 6 Level 6 (14,955 points)
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    Mar 22, 2013 7:20 AM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)

    How many "Recent Items" have you selected in System Preferences, General?

  • CT Level 6 Level 6 (14,955 points)
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    Mar 22, 2013 7:28 AM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)

    A restart is always a good troubleshooting method.

  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,295 points)
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    Mar 22, 2013 7:29 AM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)

    Open the Terminal and run the following commands (one at a time):

     

    rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.TextEdit.LSSharedFileList.plist
    rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.TextEdit.SandboxedPersistentURLs.LSSharedFileList.plist 
    

     

    Then try relaunching TextEdit to see if it now saves the recent documents properly. You can also find these files and removign them by holding teh Option key down and choosing Library from the Go menu in the Finder. Then go to the Preferences folder and scroll down to locate and remove them.

  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,295 points)
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    Mar 22, 2013 8:07 AM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)

    Try going to the user library through the Go menu as I mentioned in my last post, and then open the Containers folder in there and remove the folder called "com.apple.TextEdit," (drag it to the Desktop for now but be sure it is gone from the Containers folder) and then see if the problem persists when you relaunch TextEdit.

  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,800 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 1:15 PM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)

    Try setting up another admin user account to see if the same problem continues. If Back-to-My Mac is selected in System Preferences, the Guest account will not work. The intent is to see if it is specific to one account or a system wide problem. This account can be deleted later.

     

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    If the problem is still there, try booting into the Safe Mode.  Shut down the computer and then power it back up. Immediately after hearing the startup chime, hold down the shift key and continue to hold it until the gray Apple icon and a progress bar appear. The boot up is significantly slower than normal. This will reset some caches, forces a directory check, and disables all startup and login items, among other things. If the system operates normally, there may be 3rd party applications which are causing a problem. Try deleting/disabling the third party applications after a restart. For each disable/delete, you will need to restart if you don't do them all at once.

                   

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  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,800 points)
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    Mar 28, 2013 9:46 AM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)

    Glad you got it sorted out so easily. No problem with "root" cause. I laughed when I read it.

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