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    Disable list of previous at File>>Open

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    Disable list of previous at File>>Open
    Mac OS 10.15.4 on iMac Retina 2017.

    Is there a way to undo the elaborate display at File>>Open on many (perhaps all?) apps of previous openings in various categories, like "Today" "Previous Thirty Days" "February" "January" "Earlier" (please see attached pix). At the same time, filenames included in those categories appear not to be included in the list of "remaining" files beneath "Earlier." As a consequence, when looking for a filename, it seems I must check each of the other categories for it. Maybe I am completely misunderstanding how it works, but it seems more a nuisance than a feature.

    Showing "Recents" is okay, but this (new?) display system broken into various periods of time is not helpful for me. To turn it off, I looked for it in System>Preferences, but I don't see it.

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    Last edited by stefanmaine; 04-19-2020 at 06:24 AM.

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    Disable list of previous at File>>Open

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    Here's a solution I came up with.
    At Finder, click on File, then New Finder Window, then, at the top of that window (I think that's officially called a "dialog box"), click on the fifth tiny "window-let" (that is, the fifth not counting the "back" and "forward" arrows at the far left). And whether it is the fifth little window or not may depend on the OS version. It's the one that encloses two rows of three tiny boxes, each row separated by a straight line, and to the right of that grouping is a down arrow. Click on that down arrow.
    A list of options will appear (among them are Name, Kind, Application, Date Last Opened, ...). Select the one that works for you. Trying out several of them, I finally settled on "None" -- although I have not yet figured out the difference between "None" and "Name".

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