2918 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 29, 2010 1:09 PM by Peter WP
All you can change is the number of items displayed, you have no control over the arrangement of them. The "Recent Items bug" has been around since AppleWorks 6 was released in March, 2000. Take a look at these user tips by Dale Gillard
AppleWorks slow? Spinning ball appears?
Recent items not visible/updated
You could use the following AppleScript to remove every item after the first 50 in the 'Recent Items' folder:
tell application "Finder"
set n to the number of items in folder "Recent Items" of folder "Starting Points" of folder "AppleWorks User Data" of folder "Documents" of folder "USERNAME" of folder "Users" of startup disk
select items (n-50) thru (1) of folder "Recent Items" of folder "Starting Points" of folder "AppleWorks User Data" of folder "Documents" of folder "USERNAME" of folder "Users" of startup disk
move selection to the trash
(the 'try' is to prevent error messages if there happen to be less than 50 items)
Obviously amend USERNAME to suit. Save as an application, place it somewhere convenient and add it to System Preferences>Accounts>Your Account>Login Items to have it run on every login. (Test it first!)
There's actually another simple fix or workaround that I've been using for a long time: Put the Recent Items folder in the Dock and set the Finder prefs for that folder to display however you like. In my case it's list view sorted on date, as I'm usually only interested in looking for relatively recent work.
Keep in mind that this solves only the display side of the problem; you still have to do things to prevent too many files from building up in there.