Quickly Open Recent Files

There are many ways to quickly get to your most recently-opened files on your Mac. You can use the Apple Menu, the open dialog from within the app, the Dock, and also the Go menu in the Finder.

Comments: 7 Responses to “Quickly Open Recent Files”

    hrodas
    3 years ago

    These tips are really useful, thanks

    Jimmy
    3 years ago

    Very interesting

    Joel Anderson
    3 years ago

    You can also add an item to the dock, pointing to the Recent Items, and in this way get it to open as a fan or a grid.

    Joan Matsukawa
    3 years ago

    Thanks Gary, never thought of the Apple menu. Re: the above comment – how can you put the Recent Items folder on your dock?

    3 years ago

    Joan: There is a Terminal command. Search for it if you are brave. You can also create a Smart Folder that shows recent documents and then just add that to the Dock.

    Jim S
    3 years ago

    Thanks Gary… Is there a way to exclude, clear, or reset the recent file names that appear under the Dock Right Click method? For example, in Numbers, I wouldn’t want a file named “top secret” to appear in the list even though secured with a password.

    3 years ago

    Jim: Yes. Run Numbers. Go to File, Open Recent. Then use the Clear option to clear out the recents. Then you need to restart the Dock to see the changes — easiest way to do that is to log out and log back in again.

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