Understanding the Recents Folder On a Mac

When you click on Recents in the Finder, you get a huge list of all of your files. This is the result of a search, and not a separate location for these files. Recents is useful for quick access to the files you were just working on, but shouldn't be used for deleting or organizing files. You can also search with Recents as a starting point for a more specific search. You can disable Recents in the sideba or create your own version using a Saved Search.

Comments: 7 Responses to “Understanding the Recents Folder On a Mac”

    nick
    3 months ago

    hi Gary, just tried this and opened a coupe files from Finder, however after closing these files I expected to see them listed at the top of the Recents Folder, but I don’t. I’m sure I missed something, but should I not be seeing these files listed at the top? thx

    3 months ago

    Nick: What do you mean by “tried this?” If you mean one of my suggestions for setting up your own Recents-like folder, then it could be how you have it set up. For instance, if you are using Date Created or Date Modified, then simply opening a file won’t change those times.

    nick
    3 months ago

    Should have been more explicit, by tried I meant I turned on the option to view the Recents folder and then opened a few files, however I hadn’t noticed that Finder was not listing them by Last Date Opened, so when I made sure that option was selected, then it listed the most recent opened files correctly. I think this feature is really handy because many times I find myself navigating through folders to look for recent files I worked on. Thanks.

    Jerry
    3 months ago

    I don’t see a recents option in favorites.

    3 months ago

    Jerry: You probably have it turned off. Finder, Preferences, Sidebar.

    Bob J
    2 months ago

    A while back, my recents folder stopped working. Nothing shows up. How can I fix this?

    2 months ago

    Bob: Stopped working… how? What does it do now?

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