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10.6: Reveal location of recent items in the Finder System 10.6
You can reveal the location of a recently-used item by holding down the Command key while looking at the Apple menu's Recent Items menu. With the Command key held down, the wording of the menu items (for Applications and Documents) changes from someitem to Show "someitem" in Finder.

[robg adds: This doesn't work in 10.5, at least not that I could figure out.]
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10.6: Reveal location of recent items in the Finder
Authored by: rusto on Oct 09, '09 07:48:13AM

Sweet hint!



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10.6: Reveal location of recent items in the Finder
Authored by: kbradnam on Oct 09, '09 09:36:35AM

Is this a first for having the command key alter the content of a menu? I'm so used to seeing different items when holding down option, but never the command key. I wonder why they didn't use the option key for this instead?

I guess pressing 'command + return' in a spotlight window does the same thing, so maybe it is for consistency with that?



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10.6: Reveal location of recent items in the Finder
Authored by: callefjant on Oct 09, '09 01:06:38PM

The cmd-key is also used to show the folder hierarchy when clicking the window title in Finder (or Safari, ctrl/right-click can be used as well nowadays), to reveal scripts from the scripts menu in some programs and to move things like menu extras and toolbar items around. Somehow logic, kind of "do something with the original item instead of do what it represents".



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10.6: Reveal location of recent items in the Finder
Authored by: callefjant on Oct 09, '09 01:11:22PM

Oh, not to mention to reveal a dock item in Finder.



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10.6: Reveal location of recent items in the Finder
Authored by: zo219 on Oct 09, '09 09:42:13PM

This is consistent in meaning, if not visually so, with Command-Click on a Finder window to reveal its location via folder hierarchy—and the ability, of course, to go to any of the folders revealed.



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10.6: Reveal location of recent items in the Finder
Authored by: MJCube on Oct 10, '09 10:29:08AM

It's also consistent with the Spotlight menu: Hold ⌘ while hovering over a item and it shows the full path as a tooltip. Also ⌘-click on a menu item to reveal in the Finder (as with the Dock, as mentioned just above).



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10.6: Reveal location of recent items in the Finder
Authored by: mistersquid on Oct 09, '09 10:36:20AM

Most excellent.



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10.6: Reveal location of recent items in the Finder
Authored by: seer on Oct 10, '09 09:25:03AM

this is useful, but i have long wondered:

where is the actual folder containing aliases to the recent items themselves? i use recent items a lot, and after updates or reinstalls there may be may be several identically-named versions of the same app.

i'd like to find the folder and delete items so the menu contains only what i need.

any idea how?



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10.6: Reveal location of recent items in the Finder
Authored by: palahala on Oct 10, '09 09:57:13AM

I don't know, but applications can have their own. Like see Create a stack of recent BBEdit items.



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10.6: Reveal location of recent items in the Finder
Authored by: bschmidt on Oct 10, '09 10:36:29AM

~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.recentitems.plist

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