Stairways Software Icon

Stairways Software

Excellence In Software For Over Ten Years – Only with a Mac

How to get to the Open Recent menu

People ask me how to get access to the Open Recent menu in applications. You can't simply use the Select Menu Item because you're not actually selecting a menu item, you're getting half way through a UI action, and then wanting to take over and select the actual document.

The way to do it is to use the fact that you can click in the menu bar and then navigate around using arrow keys and typeahead.

So to open the Open Recent menu, click in the menu bar. You could click directly in the File menu, but I recommend clicking in the Apple menu and then right arrowing across to the File menu as this will be robust when the application name changes. So your actions would be:

  • Click Mouse at (30,10) from the Main Screen‘s Top Left Corner
  • Type the Right Arrow Keystroke
  • Type the Right Arrow Keystroke
  • Type the Down Arrow Keystroke
  • Insert Text “Open Recent” by Typing
  • Type the Right Arrow Keystroke

You can use this same technique to pre-open any menus or submenus while letting you choose the final selection.

Posted Wednesday, December 23, 2009. Permalink. 1 Comments.


I find that the down arrow keystroke is not necessary. Am I missing something?

Posted Monday, October 4, 2010 04:28 PM by Carl Johnson.

Post Comment

Name: (optional)
URL: (optional)
Email: (optional, not published)
CAPTCHA: one eight two three (required)
  To prove you are human, please enter the number as digits (ie, 1-9).
  You can use some HTML tags such as <b>, <i>, and <a href="">.
We reserve the right to remove any offensive or inappropriate comments.
Due to spam issues, comments are initially invisible until we review them,
you can see them (background red) and we can see them, but no one else.

Comment Preview

None yet.

Buy Now

User Database