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    Hi, ive been searching around google to find out where OS X keeps a file of what recent apps, documents and servers have been opened.

    I want to view a longer list perhaps with details in it. Longer than the one in the Recent Items in the Apple Menu. I know i can change this in System Preferences but its not what im really after.

    Is there a way to find this file if it exists or perhaps even a way to view the list in Spotlight?

    Thanks
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    It seems to be stored in some garbled + text format in ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.recentitems.plist

    Not sure if that will help you at all.

    Perhaps somebody has written a program which does what you want. Have you searched macupdate.com yet?

    edit: don't bother, there's nothing there
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    Originally posted by On-Site-Tec@Aug 21 2005, 07:03 PM
    Is there a way to find this file if it exists or perhaps even a way to view the list in Spotlight?
    Yes, you can use spotlight.

    In Finder, Command+F will bring up the default find window (using Spotlight). Once you massage it to your liking, save it as a smart folder.

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    Originally posted by Mark T@Aug 21 2005, 09:45 PM
    Yes, you can use spotlight.

    In Finder, Command+F will bring up the default find window (using Spotlight). Once you massage it to your liking, save it as a smart folder.
    Great answer!

    This is the way to go.
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    Originally posted by Mark T@Aug 21 2005, 09:15 PM
    Yes, you can use spotlight.

    In Finder, Command+F will bring up the default find window (using Spotlight). Once you massage it to your liking, save it as a smart folder.
    A short play around with this shows me that it works for documents & applications but not servers.

    So, in accordance with the words of Jim Steinman…

    two out of three ain't bad




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    I can read the file fine, but it is still limited to the 10 (or how many set) recent documents/apps/servers.

    I was more interested in being able to see ALL the documents that are opened but it looks like that isnt logged. But thats ok i was just curious about it.

    Thanks guys

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