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Friday, 14 September 2012


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From all the documentation I find, these settings are hidden from the Mountain Lion UI.

There is an addon, Deeper for Mountain Lion 1.6.5, that claims to "enable and disable the hidden functions of Finder, Dock, Dashboard, Exposé, Safari, Login window and many other of Apple's applications". I have not tried it but you can read about it at


If you know OpenBSD well, it may be possible to make the same changes to hidden settings that Deeper makes via a Terminal window (assuming you have sudo privileges). I haven't found where Recent Items settings are located yet, but will hunt around.

In OS X Lion's System Preferences one was able to set different values for the number of recent applications, documents and servers to show in the Apple menu, respectively. In the same preference panel in OS X Mountain Lion this is no longer possible – one can only set a fixed number of apps, docs and servers to show, say 10 each, regardless of type.

If wonder if there is any workaround for this behavior in Mountain Lion, so that I can set the menu to show, say 5 recent applications, 10 recent documents and 0 recent servers – i.e. in the same way one could do in Lion?

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