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I created a new Smart Folder with the Kind is Document filter. I then sorted by Date Last Opened and saved the search as Recents.

It seems like doing so has overwritten the default "All My Files" folder:

All My Files is now called Recents

Q: How do I revert this?


It looks like the smart folder distributed with macOS is located at /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources/MyLibraries/myDocuments.cannedSearch.

In Finder it's shown as Recents, even though the file on disk is called myDocuments.cannedSearch.

I can't rename this through Finder:

Can't rename saved search through finder

Opening myDocuments.cannedSearch in TextMate allows me to view the .strings files, which contain the CFBundleDisplayName key with "Recents" as the value:

InfoPlist.strings English file

It looks like macOS has also translated this:

[InfoPlist.strings Dutch file[4]

I don't really know where to look now to make this change in a way that won't break Finder.

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You did not tag an OS version, but MacOS Mojave ships by default with a Recents folder in the Finder sidebar and Go menu. There is by default no All My Files folder now. You have not overwritten anything.

(Or else, you overwrote mine too)

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    Oh! I removed "All My Files" from the sidebar when it first got introduced so I guess I just didn't realise "Recents" was a Thing and happened to create the same search with the same name. TIL! – ghr Mar 20 at 14:28
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    It disappeared with High Sierra, replaced by Recents. [I don't use either so I hadn't noticed until now ;-) macworld.com/article/3262989/… – Tetsujin Mar 20 at 16:29

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