AMITIAE - Tuesday 9 September 2014

Cassandra: Recent Items in Apple Menu - Navigation Hint

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By Graham K. Rogers


Finder I am constantly surprised by OS X and what remains to be discovered. For example, yesterday, while poking about in the Calendar Application I found (at last) how to change the color of the calendars I use.

Today I was looking at the Finder: specifically Recent Items. The menu is controlled by an item in System Preferences > General. Normally there are 10 items each: for Applications, Documents and Servers. This may be adjusted in System Preferences from 5 - 50 or None. It offers a quick way to open recently used items.

For quick navigation, we can press the Command key and the menu entry changes from the item or document name, such as iTunes, to read Show "iTunes in Finder, so instead of opening the application or document with this menu, a user can simply navigate to it.

This feature is not available with the Servers section at the bottom of the menu.

Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.



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