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Create a stack of recent BBEdit items Apps
I work in BBEdit a lot, so I wanted an easy way to access files I'd recently edited in it. To do so, I opened my home folder's Library/Preferences/com.barebones.bbedit.PreferenceData folder in the Finder. From there, I dragged-and-dropped the Recent Files & Favorites folder to my dock. It was now a regular stack, populated only with recent BBEdit files.

To change the number of items in that stack, from within BBEdit, open Preferences and select "Application" from left-hand pane. There, change the number for the "Remember the __ most recently used items" setting to whatever you want.

Note: If you use TextWrangler instead, you can do the same thing dragging and dropping the /Preferences » com.barebones.textwrangler.PreferenceData » Recent Files & Favorites folder to the Dock.
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Authored by: Dr. T on Jul 13, '09 10:14:24AM

Most applications with recent items menus allow you to select the number of files to remember. This has been true for many years: well before OS X.

The fact that you can drag an application's recent items folder to the Dock also is obvious to users who know how the Dock works.



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Authored by: palahala on Jul 13, '09 10:43:46AM

It's obvious to me that the hint was about learning/realising that the recent files are simply stored as file system aliases in some folder, and then thinking about dragging the folder onto the Dock. Explaining how to set the number of files is just a minor bonus.

(Thanks for the hint, I like it.)



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Authored by: Toadling on Jul 13, '09 10:44:21AM

On top of this, the "Recent Files & Favorites" and "Recent Folders & Favorites" folders were obsoleted with the "recent items" overhaul in BBEdit 9.2 and are no longer used. So this hint is only applicable if you're running an older version of the app.



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Authored by: palahala on Jul 13, '09 11:09:54AM
Aha, so the claim The fact that you can drag an application's recent items folder to the Dock also is obvious might not stand after all, if not all applications use such a folder with aliases...

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Authored by: leamanc on Jul 13, '09 03:08:10PM

Good tip. I was wondering why my Recent Files & Favorites folder had files I hadn't opened in a couple of months in it (and I use BBEdit dang near every day).



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Hints don't pass obviousness test
Authored by: pgb0517 on Jul 13, '09 10:50:16AM

I just don't understand why some folks want to belittle someone else who went to the trouble of posting a hint. It got past review for the site, after all. What compels you to need to look know-it-all, and why on earth would you actually take the time to try to make yourself look smarter than someone else? I think the hint is good, and it got me thinking about other obscure folders that might make good additions to the Dock. Thanks for the post.



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You're welcome
Authored by: pr10n on Jul 13, '09 10:59:04AM

@Dr. T
Thanks, Tips! Now I'm sure you'd be all to happy to point out a few other popular applications that store symbolic links to their recently opened items in a folder rather than filing them in a plist.

@Toadling
You are very much correct. I was using 9.0.? when I submitted the tip. I've since upgraded, effectively ruining my handy little time saver.



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You're welcome
Authored by: pr10n on Jul 13, '09 11:06:40AM

I should add, it still works with the latest version of TextWrangler (2.3). Well... That is until Rich decides to release a newer version.



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