How To: Add A Recent Items Menu To The Dock

Posted in Mac on 15/04/2011 by J. Glenn Künzler


This tip comes to us courtesy of an OSXDaily reader. You can add a recent items menu to your Mac OS X dock by running a terminal command. The default is to show only recent applications, but you can adjust it later to show all other recent items.

To implement this, launch Terminal and inter the following code:

defaults write persistent-others -array-add '{ "tile-data" = { "list-type" = 1; }; "tile-type" = "recents-tile"; }'

That needs to all be on a single line, so if you copy and paste it make sure the command is one string.

Then you’ll need to kill the Dock:

killall Dock

That’s all there is to it – at this point, you can now click on the item and change it to be either recent apps, recent documents, recent servers, favorite volumes, or favorite items.

Note: Using the terminal should only be done by users who understand and accept that doing so carries possible risks, and could damage your installation if you aren’t careful.

Via OSXDaily, Images via OSXDaily


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.