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How to Add a Stack of Recent Items Folder to your Mac’s Dock?

The Dock on your Mac is more than a list of any running apps, plus a trash can. Probably, you know that you can also force the app to stick around in the Dock for quick launching, and for that, you can use any folder to Dock and just click it to see from inside. But now you can also add folders which show you your recent documents, applications, your favorite items and many more.

The Stack will work like any other folder in the Dock. But the only difference is that instead of holding the stuff you plunged into it, the stack is auto-populated by the macOS. However, you only need to click on the icon, and then up will automatically pop a panel with your 10 recent documents. Click on any one of them to open it, and by just double-clicking it in the Finder will do. Here we provide you with a few stacks name which you can add to the Dock:

  • Recent Documents.
  • Recent Applications.
  • Recent Servers.
  • Favorite Items.
  • Favorite Volumes.

The following guide will help you in adding a Stack of recent items folder to your Mac’s Dock via the process of creating one by using Finder’s smart folder feature.

Steps to Add a Stack of Recent Items Folder to your Mac’s Dock

Before starting with the instructions, we suggest you follow the instruction in an exact sequence to avoid troubles and damages. The steps are simple and less time-consuming. Here how to add it:

  1. Firstly, launch a Finder window on your Mac’s Dock.
  2. Then, Choose the File tab, and pick New Smart Folder in the menu bar.
  3. Instead, right-click on the Finder icon in your Dock and then, choose “New Smart Folder” option.
  4. Under the Finder window, confirm that the search header is selected as “This Mac.”
  5. After that, click on the “Plus” icon located at the upper right side of the viewing area.
  6. Choose “Last Opened Date” from the first drop-down criteria.
  7. Then, choose “Within Last” from the second dropdown criteria.
  8. Now, in the third or final dropdown criteria, select “how far back you would like the folder to show recently opened items for, and option are like Days, Weeks, Months, and Years.
  9. Next, in the input field appears to the left of your timescale selection, specify the number of days/weeks/months/years of recently opened files to show it.
  10. Restrict your recent items folder to a certain kind of file such as images.
  11. Hold down the “Options” key.

Note: make sure that plus icon at the end of the changes to an ellipsis. Click on this, and now you will be able to add search parameters that exclude some items like folders and applications from your recent list.

  1. From the second drop-down row, choose “None of the following is true” option.
  2. Now, from the third row, first dropdown criteria pick “Kind” option.
  3. Next, in the third row, the second dropdown, choose the type of item you want to exclude from it.
  4. However, if you want to add more exclusion criteria, then hold the Options key and click on the ellipsis icon appears in the first row. And when you are done with it, press the “Save” tab located in the upper right of the viewing area.
  5. Now, a Save dialogue box appears on your screen, gives your smart folder a name, and then chooses Desktop as the location of your folder. Also, you can select to include the folder in the Finder’s sidebar by clicking on the box near to “Add to Sidebar” option.
  6. Next, click on the “Save” button.
  7. Finally, switch to the Desktop and drag and drop your new smart folder to the right of the Dock, it will automatically move any existing icons behind the divider to make space for it.
  8. Lastly, right-click on the docked smart folder and opt “Folder” in the contextual menu.
  9. Now, it will automatically give your recently opened folder a distinctive icon in the Dock.

Aida Martin is a creative person who has been writing blogs and articles about cybersecurity. She writes about the latest updates regarding and how it can improve the work experience of users. Her articles have been published in many popular e-magazines, blogs, and websites.



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IT expert having deep knowledge about PC antivirus products. Mainly researching and writing blogs.

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