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    Good morning to all.
    Looking for some advice on the Recent tab in finder I know that it can be uncked in the finder preferences.
    Do I really need this item or is there another solution to hide it completely?
    Thanks
    David
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    Wrong forum. We moved your post to the correct forum as it is not a lounge subject. Thanks.

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    Hi David

    Sorry to appear awkward, but are you referring to "Tags" or "Tabs". And the word "Recent" throws me a bit.

    If you mean - not sure you do - "Recent Items": this is found by clicking on the Apple Icon, far left, top menu bar and choosing Recent Items. This is turned off by > System Preferences > Recent Items > Choose None.

    Presuming that I've misunderstood your question, can you clarify please?

    Ian
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    Sorry if I confused you.
    In Finder at the very top I have Recents.And if I click on that there are a lot of files in there, Is it okay to keep or delete.I know that I can hide the Recents in the finder preferences and unchecking it.
    Hope you got it.
    David
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    Hi, no problem.

    In the following screenshot:

    Screen Shot 2019-06-05 at 12.21.06 pm?.png

    You will see "Recents" at the top. As you correctly say, that can be removed in Finder > Preferences > Sidebar > uncheck Recents. Gone.

    Below are other "Recent" items. These are smart Folders and if you have them, you can delete them safely - Right Click > Remove from Sidebar.

    In both cases, no loss of data.

    Am I on the right track now?

    Ian
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    Well Many Thanks for your help. So the contents of the Recents folder must be kept Not to Delete?
    Thanks.
    David
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    Recent is NOT a separate folder with contents, but rather an ever changing dynamic folder pointing to your recently opened documents. It's a convenience function to allow you to get back to a file you recently viewed in case you want it again.
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    The Recents Folder is, if you like, an alias or shortcut or smart folder - call it what you will; but its removal from the Sidebar of Finder (by the method I mentioned above: Finder > Preferences > Sidebar > uncheck Recents.), will NOT delete any data from your Mac - only hide the Folder.

    Similarly, if you are looking at the other "recents", as in my Screenshot, deleting them via the Right Click method does NOT delete anything as these are simply Smart Folders which you can create yourself. Some people, like me, find "Recent -21 days" (or 7 days, or 14 or whatever) quite useful. For others, they are a waste of space.

    Happy to help; enjoy doing so, in fact.

    Ian

    - - - Updated - - -

    Ashwin beat me to it (again!). Saying the same thing in far fewer words

    Ian
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    Thanks very much to the both of you.
    Another satisfied customer.
    David Diolch yn Fawr
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