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2863 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 29, 2010 1:09 PM by Peter WP
Currently Being ModeratedNov 27, 2010 6:48 PM (in response to 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
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Recent items not visible/updated24" 2.4GHz iMac; 15" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz; G5 2.3G Hz; 3GS iPhone; 3G iPad;, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 2GB iPod nano, 30GB 5G iPod, 17" G5 iMac, G4/700 iMac, PB 1400, Apple IIgs
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!)24 inch iMac (10.6.4), 13 inch Macbook Pro (10.6.4), 20 inch G4 iMac (10.4.11), Asus 'eee' (Linux), G3 Beige desktop Mac (8.6)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 28, 2010 4:19 AM (in response to Peter WP)Thanks for the replies!
I have to amend my original post because I just realized Recent Items is listing the most recent items NOT in chronological order, but in alphabetical order, and that's my real problem.
Is there a possible solution for this?iMac 2.6GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 28, 2010 4:35 AM (in response to Peter WP)Heirarchical menus always list the contents of a folder in alphabetical order and this can't be changed. Only folders can be set to name, date, etc.24 inch iMac (10.6.4), 13 inch Macbook Pro (10.6.4), 20 inch G4 iMac (10.4.11), Asus 'eee' (Linux), G3 Beige desktop Mac (8.6)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 28, 2010 1:45 PM (in response to Roger Wilmut1)Thanks for squaring me away on that, Wilmut1. I appreciate your answer to my follow up question.
And thanks to Peggy; you've popped in before to answer my neophyte questions!iMac 2.6GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 28, 2010 3:49 PM (in response to Peter WP)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.iMac G5 17" iSight 32GB 3G iPad Shuffles (1G/2G) Nano 5G, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 29, 2010 1:09 PM (in response to Michael Morgan1)Thanks for your suggestion!
I'm gonna try it for a while, even though I hate stuff cluttering the right side of my Dock! Right now it seems to be working and is a lot more useful than the File>Open Recent menu.
Thanks again for your input.iMac 2.6GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.5)