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OS X Tip: Create a Recent Applications Stack

As a Mountain Lion user (as I hope you all are) we have come to love our Launchpad. It’s a quick way to bring up the Application folder for the world to see. But honestly, I rarely use it. I am still a fan of Application Stacks and use them daily.
Launchpad is fancy and pretty customizable, but not something I remember to use as I still rely on the dock.

I am a firm believer in being able to get to the apps you need, BUT at the same time to minimize the clutter of the dock. I hate clutter!

These are instructions on how to create a stack of recently accessed applications in your dock.

Launch Terminal by typing “terminal” into Spotlight

terminal

Once you have terminal open and ready to rock, type in the line of code below:

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

Screen Shot 2013-05-14 at 7.49.42 AM

Hit enter and then you will need to Kill your dock. Don’t worry it won’t come back undead or anything crazy. Enter the following command to re-spring your dock:

killall Dock

Screen Shot 2013-05-14 at 7.51.53 AM

Now after you dock re-springs, you have this great little stack. It shows you your most recently used applications (see in the 1st screen shot above). If for any reason you want to remove it, pull and hold it off the dock as with any other application you want to remove.

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2 Replies

  1. It also works on Snow Leopard.However, I would like to advice you to change the formatting of the code boxes on your website, because I had to replace the ‘smart-quotes’ (‘, “, ” and ’ ) in the code example with proper double (“) and single (‘) quotes.

    Working example:

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

    1. Thanks much – will work on it now!

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