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Sometimes, an old hint is so good, it bears repeating. Years ago, we shared a hint involving the Recent Items section of the Apple menu.

Next time you're looking at that particular section, hold down the Command key. The names of your recent apps and filesówhich you could otherwise select to launch as desiredówill change. For example, if your Recent Apps list included Acorn, that item would change to Show Acorn in Finder. And yes, this works with documents, too.

So if you very quickly want to find specific files in the Finder that you know you used recently, the Apple menu's Recent Items section, in tandem with the Command key, can help you out in a jiffy.
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Navigate directly to recently accessed files and apps
Authored by: RussellK on Jul 12, '13 09:14:45AM

I don't see anything called "Recent Items" in my Apple menu. Perhaps this is outdated to an older version of the OS? I'm running 10.8.4.



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Authored by: darrylb on Jul 12, '13 10:13:29AM

If you don't see the "recent items" in the apple menu drop down, go to "System Preferences" then "General", then toward the bottom of the panel you should see a "recent items" section. If it's set to "none", change it to 5 or 10 or whatever.

That should give you Recent Items back.



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Authored by: thwaite on Jul 12, '13 10:31:48AM

"Show Recent Items" is on by default in 10.8.3, tho it can be turned off in the "System Preferences... / General" menus. And this hint also works in 10.8.3.



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Authored by: RussellK on Jul 12, '13 10:35:16AM

Thanks for pointing this out. I had my Recent Items set to "None" in my system preferences, which is why I didn't see anything in the Apple menu.



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Authored by: stevebr on Jul 12, '13 10:59:38AM

Strange that this works with the command key, while other modifications to menu bar functions typically happen while pressing option. I wonder why they chose to bind this to another key. Does option do something else with recent items? I'm trying it now and it seems not.

Still very useful. Thank you. Now I just have to remember it.



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Authored by: Unsoluble on Jul 16, '13 10:21:58PM

Command makes sense because it's already associated with opening an item's enclosing folder -- Command-click on a folder in your Dock, for example, to see this. (Instead of opening the item directly in the Recent menu, you're opening its enclosing folder.)



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Authored by: MtnBiker on Jul 12, '13 11:03:46AM

Thank you. Maybe an oldie, but as Apple hides more options behind Command and Option, recycling hints is important. And I would have expected this particular hint to work with Option not Command since Option usually bring up options, but I guess Command is more consistent with going to Finder.

Maybe once or twice a week, publish a recycled hint. If you do this take a break for a few months when Mavericks comes out. Although I can see a conflict with some of the Macworld articles.

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Authored by: MentalColic on Jul 12, '13 08:45:28PM

Holding <opt> in Finder menus reveals a host of hidden gems. My favorites are changing Edit > Paste into 'Move Item Here', and in Go it reveals the "hidden" Home Library folder. This <opt> key tip works in many Apple programs... Mail, Safari etc.



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Authored by: msadesign on Jul 14, '13 06:38:54AM

Never noticed this, and thanks! I find 'Always Open With' especially useful: obviates trip to Get Info.



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