The "All my Files" icon in my Finder sidebar has disappeared, I may have inadvertently deleted it with an unlucky motion on the trackpad.

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This helpful answer shows the following technique, but I have no "All my Files" folder to grab

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This helpful answer suggests I could do it in Python, but I'm a little nervous about trying it:


from FinderSidebarEditor import FinderSidebar                  # Import the module

sidebar = FinderSidebar()                                      # Create a Finder sidebar instance to act on.

sidebar.add("All My Files")     # EDIT: I'm guessing this will work

I found this tutorial but nothing about "All my Files" that I can see.

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Aha, found it!

MacWorld's May 2017 Mac 911 article How to show the All My Files icon in the macOS Sidebar points out that there is a menu in preferences:

click All My Files and it's back:

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    All my Files does not show up on my iMac running High Sierra, That location now has "Recent" there.
    – Natsfan
    Mar 24, 2019 at 1:49
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    @jmh, It's actually "Recents". Mar 24, 2019 at 2:38

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