In System Preferences, when I try to change "Recent Items" count from "none" to any other value it is not saved. I can change it, but when I close System Preferences and open it again I still see "none" in "Recent Items". What can be the problem? Is there a way to change it manually? I am using OS X 10.11 "El Capitan".

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Sounds like the .plist file is corrupted. Go to Library/Preferences and drag the file named com.apple.recentitems.plist into the Trash and empty it. When you open System Preferences again a new com.apple.recentitems.plist file will be created and you should be able to change the number of Recent Items without issue.

com.apple.recentitems.plist in the Finder

  • unfortunately, it does not work on my pc. what is the key inside the file? I may try change it manually. in current com.apple.recentitems.plist has only, "<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> <plist version="1.0"> <dict/> </plist>"
    – Adem
    Dec 16, 2015 at 6:22
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    it was not working. but after I restarted pc, it was working after than.
    – Adem
    Dec 22, 2015 at 11:56

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