Click it and you get a hierarchical menu of Recent Apps, Recent Documents, and Recent Servers. These recents are all well and good but pretty much incomplete. What Mac users really need is a list of recent apps, recent files, recent folders (especially this one), so we can click and get back to something we were working on that just got lost in the screen’s clutter.
Yes, dear Mac users, there’s an app for that.
Keeping of all your recents is the job of Recent Redux. This inexpensive app keeps a list of recently used files, including file name, file type, and date and time.
Compare Apple’s Menubar menu of Recent Items to Recent Redux.
Recent Items is worthwhile, but there’s not much there. Now, compare that to Recent Redux.
Recent Redux’s pop up window lists more information and it’s updated live. From within the context menu you can preview, open, copy, share, copy file paths, and find an item in the Finder.
A filter helps cut down the clutter. Search has parameters to narrow down the search. Mouse over items for tool tips including file data.
Did I mention drag and drop. Yep. Recent Redux allows drag and drop so you can literally drag and drop an item to a different location. If you want, Recent Redux stays on top of other windows.
A global hotkey brings Recent Redux to the screen. Even the Dock icon has built-in features, and displays the 10 most recent files.
For an app that costs only a few dollars you’ll find yourself wondering why Apple doesn’t do something like it. It makes the Recent Items menu look rather anemic.