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Does Quicktime annoy you by saving your recently played movies under its File -> Open Recent menu? If so, switch to the Terminal and type:
 % cd ~/Library/Preferences
 % chmod 444 QuickTimeFavorites
This will make the file read only, so QuickTime cannot write to it.

[robg adds: In testing this hint, I first tried setting the General system preferences to show "0" recent documents, but it has no impact on QuickTime Player. You could also make this change in the Finder by selecting the file, choosing File -> Get Info, and clicking the "Locked" button.]
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Stop Quicktime from displaying recently played items list
Authored by: slytle on Sep 29, '03 11:07:20AM

So, you use this to keep others from seeing what porn movies played last in quicktime player?



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Stop Quicktime from displaying recently played items list
Authored by: bustthis on Sep 29, '03 11:37:13AM

lol

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Hehehehe....
Authored by: sveinbjorn on Sep 29, '03 03:32:24PM

Well, obviously it's for the porn!

Now, how does one do it for VideoLan Client, my player of choice?



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Stop Quicktime from displaying recently played items list
Authored by: yubbie2 on Sep 29, '03 12:39:45PM

makes quicktime player unexpectedly quit on launch for me. what were the permissions beforehand? i set it back to 777 but i'd like to restore it correctly.



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Authored by: cteselle on Sep 29, '03 05:44:27PM

Permissions for the untouched file are 644



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Stop Quicktime from displaying recently played items list
Authored by: reiggin on Sep 29, '03 12:50:53PM

Okay, so how can I apply the same hack to Preview? Obvious reasons to do so, of course.



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Stop Quicktime from displaying recently played items list
Authored by: cougar718 on Sep 29, '03 02:09:53PM

Hello,

For Apple's Preview app, launch Preview, go to preferences, make sure the preferences are the way you *want* them to be. Then simply lock ~/Library/com.apple.Preview.plist. Now when you launch Preview and open your images, they will appear in the recent menu list, but when you relaunch the app they will be gone.

If you want to change any of the preferences, you will need to unlock the file.

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Stop Quicktime from displaying recently played items list
Authored by: ravedog on Sep 29, '03 06:16:15PM

now now! it could also be for illegal mp3's... (although u should use iTunes for those)...



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The Open dialog will still give you away
Authored by: OSX_Apprentice on Sep 30, '03 01:34:36AM

Regardless of your reasons for not wanting QT (or any other app) to show your recently opened items, lest you forget that the Open dialog of any app will default back to the directory that contains your most recently opened item. So, don't forget to open another file from another directory before quitting the app.

In case you have DefaultFolder installed, it will even highlight the most recently opened file in the Open dialog.



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Stop Quicktime from displaying recently played items list
Authored by: Graff on Oct 17, '03 12:24:04AM

Apparently Quicktime 6.4 breaks this hint.

Quicktime kept crashing whenever I had it play a movie. It would launch fine but any time I tried to get it to play a movie if would crash. I tried to repair permissions but that didn't help. I finally fixed it by going to the file ~/Library/Preferences/QuickTimeFavorites and returning it to its pre-hint condition.

I think this hint also contributed to my first OmniWeb crash in a while. It happened right after I tried to use OmniWeb to view one of the new iPod commercials, OmniWeb locked up and slowed the Mac OS X user interface to a crawl, but I was finally able to force quit out of it.



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Stop Quicktime from displaying recently played items list
Authored by: richardblades on Nov 13, '03 05:31:48AM

My QT 6.4 crashed on launch after this hint even after a Pantehr 10.3.1 upgrade.

I found if I simply deletd the QuicktimeFavorites file form the Library folder it is now functional again.



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Stop Quicktime from displaying recently played items list
Authored by: OSX_Apprentice on Dec 08, '03 03:25:06AM

Like the previous poster meant by "returning the file to its pre-hint condition," simply unlocking the "QuickTimeFavorites" file solves the problem.

It is quite unfortunate that there _still_ seems to be no option to turn off the recent items list. Shouldn't it be mandatory for any app that offers it to also offer a way to turn it off?



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Stop Quicktime from displaying recently played items list
Authored by: marvin_1 on Feb 13, '04 05:31:08PM

Being frustrated with the old tip not working I played around and bingo...

1. Create a file called "QuickTimeFavorites", I used TextEdit.
2. Remove the invisible .xxx , for TextEdit it would be the .rtf
3. Place in User/Library/Preferences

No more Recently Played Items.



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