I have tried this in Terminal:

defaults delete -g NSNavRecentPlaces

but this error message happens:

2023-05-04 19:04:26.300 defaults[1160:46791]

Domain (kCFPreferencesAnyApplication) not found. Defaults have not been changed.

How can I clear Recent Places via Terminal in MacOS Ventura 13.3.1 on a 2020 MacBook Pro - this issues never happened on previous iterations of Mac OSX I used?

Monterey did not have this issue.

If you could help this is appreciated.

  • What is the last "previous iteration" of macOS you've used? I can find it in Sierra, but not Big Sur any more - has it been a while?
    – Redarm
    Commented May 6, 2023 at 11:47
  • Do you have a special application in mind, for which you want to delete the recent folders? E.g. defaults delete com.apple.Finder FXRecentFolders
    – Redarm
    Commented May 6, 2023 at 11:51
  • Monterey was the previous version used. It's for when I do open file via Finder or Firefox.
    – avenas8808
    Commented May 6, 2023 at 16:13
  • "...when I do open file via Finder". You may also want to expand on this further, since the normal "Open" menu opens a selected file straight away, without an open and save panel. Only "Open with...> Other" offers the panel as far as I can see.
    – Redarm
    Commented May 7, 2023 at 9:50

1 Answer 1


To clear "Recent Places" in the open and save panels, run...

defaults delete com.apple.appkit.xpc.openAndSavePanelService NSNavRecentPlaces

As already mentioned in the comments,...

defaults delete com.apple.Finder FXRecentFolders

...clears Finder's "Go > Recent Folders" menu, since Finder does not offer an openAndSave panel with the "File > Open" menu (commandO), unlike applications like Safari, or Firefox, etc.

Those entries have long existed before Monterey though (I'm seeing it here on Big Sur).

PS. defaults can easily be searched - see man defaults for details:

 find word    Searches for word in the domain names, keys, and values of the user's defaults, and prints out a list of matches.

e.g. in your case:

defaults find NSNavRecentPlaces

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