Change what documents appear in "Open Recent"?

Asked by Terry Hancock on 2018-12-08

Is there any way in the Edit->Preferences menu, or by directly editing preference.xml (or some other configuration file that I don't know about), to change what documents appear in the "Open Recent..." menu?

The old behavior (circa 0.47) was that this menu only contained SVG files. I think it only contained files that I had opened (as opposed to importing), as well.

The current behavior (after 0.91 or possibly 0.92) is that it lists SVG, PNG, JPG -- anything Inkscape can import -- that I have either opened OR imported (possibly even ones I've only exported). The degree of clutter this creates makes "Open Recent" almost completely useless: most of the files listed are ones I would never want to directly open, and the ones I want to find scroll off the end in very short order. I wind up just ignoring it and going back to the regular "Open" file browser, which wastes a lot of time compared to my old workflow.

Is there anyway to simply recover the old behavior? (I mean, without having to re-compile!)

As a matter of new features for the future, it seems to me that "import" and "open" should have SEPARATE "recent document" lists, and that if you have imported a document recently, then you don't want to "open" it now, but rather "import" it. So there ought to be a separate "Import Recent..." and "Open Recent..." should ONLY list documents you've opened.

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Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #1

Mmh, no, I don't think this behavior can be changed without changing the code (and I'm not sure if this would be Inkscape's code, or an external library even, so, might not be possible).

If you would like to request such a setting (or ask if it's possible), visit the bug section at

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