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10.5: Set any number of recent items System 10.5
If you followed this hint to create a Recent Items stack in the 10.5 Dock, you know that by default it shows or lists five items.

Now, if you're like me, you'll think it looks silly with a row of three on the top and only two on the bottom. To change it so that there are six items listed, go to the Terminal and type this:
defaults write com.apple.recentitems ABC -dict MaxAmount nn
Replace ABC with either Applications or Documents, and replace nn with an even number. Your stack (and the Recent Items menu) should now have an even number of entries.

[robg adds: You can use the Appearance System Preferences panel to specify certain numbers of recent items, but the above command gives you precise control. When I tried it, however, the results weren't predictable. Sometimes it seemed it worked, sometimes it seemed that whatever value I had previously set in the Appearance pane seemed to stick, and sometimes both values were ignored and the recent items stack showed only five items. Restarting the Dock sometimes seemed to help, sometimes not. If anyone can get this working reliably, please comment.]
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10.5: Set any number of recent items
Authored by: shenry318 on Apr 19, '08 01:54:30PM

Something else that has been bugging me with respect to the Recent Items Stack in the Dock is... why can't it display the icons with "icon preview" as it does in a regular folder stack in the dock... i.e. so when you click on the recent items stack, the icon of a recently opened PDF shows the first page of the PDF. Can anyone figure that out?



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10.5: Set any number of recent items
Authored by: rab777hp on Apr 19, '08 02:31:09PM

The stacks for recent items work differently. You have documents like system preference panes, etc. They are formatted differently, without normal views. We get what we get.



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10.5: Set any number of recent items
Authored by: rab777hp on Apr 19, '08 02:27:10PM
You do not have to do all that long agonizing work to set a number of recent items. In system preferences go to the appearance pane, below there are options to select the number of recent items to be displayed

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10.5: Set any number of recent items
Authored by: robg on Apr 20, '08 06:09:42AM

You mean something like I noted directly in my note in the hint? "You can use the Appearance System Preferences panel to specify certain numbers of recent items, but the above command gives you precise control."

-rob.



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10.5: Set any number of recent items
Authored by: frgough on Apr 21, '08 06:48:47AM

I see that your stint at Macworld has rubbed off on you. You've learned how to be rude and snide to people who provide you a living by giving you hints gratis, which you then use to sell books and write columns.



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10.5: Set any number of recent items
Authored by: robg on Apr 25, '08 06:12:41AM

Long before I started working for Macworld, I lost patience with those who comment before reading hints. It has nothing at all to do with free hints, columns, or anything involving making my living. It has everything to do with respect for the hint's author and any notes I might take the time to write: Before commenting, people should first insure that their comment isn't already covered in the hint itself. That just strikes me as common courtesy.

And I don't feel my answer was rude or snide. A bit pointed, perhaps, but quite civil. Then again, eight years of this have probably slanted my perceptions quite a bit, so if I offended, I apologize. That was not the intent; the intent was to let the commenter know we had covered that bit in the hint itself.

(As a quick aside on the monetary issue: yes, people submit hints for free, and those hints then show up in a few places, some of which aren't free. Keep in mind, however, that they can then *read* them for free, too -- all of them, not just their submissions. And unlike some other sites that rely on user-provided content, our entire database of hints from day one is completely open, completely free, and readily searchable. That strikes me as the only fair way to do it -- reader-provided content should always be free in its original form. As for the magazine and (ancient) books ... if someone chooses to purchase those, then that's their decision. Nobody is required to do so to read OS X Hints.)

-rob.



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10.5: Set any number of recent items
Authored by: frogmella on Apr 20, '08 02:09:12PM

Anyone know how to adjust the number of recent folders in the Finder's 'Go' menu?



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10.5: Set any number of recent items
Authored by: pieranto on Apr 21, '08 04:22:01AM

Anyone know how to adjust the number of recent items in the Pages's 'Go recent' menu?



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10.5: Set any number of recent items
Authored by: rab777hp on May 10, '08 04:54:57PM

Sorry, but i didn't see it in the hint, I looked to see if it was noticed, however I couldn't find it, I have vision problems.



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10.5: Set any number of recent items
Authored by: mbx on Apr 24, '09 01:17:56AM

Hi Rob,
Thanks, I like your hint.
Do you have an idea how to modify the numbers of recent items for other applications in general?
I'm looking for a solution for the Preview application but it would be nice to have a hint for that for other applications too.
Thanks. Best.



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