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Recently Used Files and Folders in Finder

Have you every heard of the Mac OS X feature called Smart Folder? That’s the feature we are going to use for creating a folder which displays the recently used files and folders in the Finder sidebar. All you need to do is the following:

  1. Make sure your are in the directory you want to create the Smart Folder for (the Smart Folder is applied to this and all subfolders)
  2. Go to Finder and click on File -> New Smart Folder
  3. Then click on the little plus (+) button on the top right
  4. In the first drop down box go to Other and checkmark Used dates, Click OK
  5. Select the something like: Used dates is within last X days (according to your favor)
  6. Now hold down the Alt key ⌥  (the +-button should become a …-button) and click it
  7. Now make sure that Any is selected in the new filter criteria (not All/None)
  8. And create two new sub criteria one for Kind is Document and one for Kind is Folder
  9. Click the Save button and name it as you wish, drag it at the desired place in the sidebar
  10. Enjoy!

Of course you can adjust this as you wish to only show PDFs which are greater than 12MB and are labeled yellow, contain the word “stupid” and are located in the Document directory. I think you get the drift. Also, you can always rearrange the filter criteria by right-clicking on the folder and selecting Show Search Criteria. The same goes for renaming the folder.

An example of a Recently Used Smart Folder


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