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How to Create a Recent Applications Stack in the Dock

How to Create a Recent Applications Stack in the Dock

Posted September 16, 2008 at 8:41pm by iClarified · 85233 views
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These are instructions on how to create a stack of recently accessed applications in your dock.

Step One
Launch Terminal from your Applications:Utilities folder
How to Create a Recent Applications Stack in the Dock

Step Two
Type in the following command to add the stack to your dock:
defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-others -array-add '{ "tile-data" = { "list-type" = 1; }; "tile-type" = "recents-tile"; }'
How to Create a Recent Applications Stack in the Dock

Step Three
Enter the following command to restart your dock:
killall Dock
How to Create a Recent Applications Stack in the Dock

Step Four
Notice you will now have a convenient stack of your most recently accessed applications. If you no longer want the stack you can just drag it off the dock!
How to Create a Recent Applications Stack in the Dock

Thanks***: Thanks to TUAW who first posted this hint here
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Tim
Tim - October 10, 2011 at 9:43pm
Just tried this, and it didn't work :-( but looks like I'm not the only one. Guessing maybe only works with Leopard and/or Snow Leopard? I'm running Lion
Jim
Jim - November 30, 2010 at 10:32am
Or you could just use Windows and then you'll already have this on your start menu.
Bender
Bender - October 1, 2009 at 9:52pm
Or you could just put your applications folder as a stack
Jamie Graham
Jamie Graham - September 15, 2009 at 11:29pm
I also tried this and it also killed my dock - it will not appear, even after restart and everything else I can think of. I have tried a bunch of searching and can't get the dock back. I would not recommend this "tweak".
Jamie Graham
Jamie Graham - September 15, 2009 at 11:39pm
Update: somehow the dock preferences file got corrupted. I didn't have a backup of it so I just trashed the preferences file and set up dock up the way I liked it again. To find the dock preferences file go to home/library/preferences/ the two preferences files are com.apple.dock.db and com.apple.dock.plist
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