Extension Watch: Keep Tabs on Documents with History Master

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Nov 13, 2009 GMT
Dmitri Popov

While the Recent Documents command under the File menu gives you quick access to the previously opened documents, this feature has a few serious limitations. For example, you can't change the number of documents it keeps and there is no way to delete entries you don't need. The History Master extension aims to solve these problems and adds a few other creature comforts that make it easier to keep tabs on your documents. When installed, the extension adds two menu entries.

The File -> Recent document of same type command displays the History Master dialog which displays a list of previous documents. But here is the clever part: all documents are grouped by their type, so if you want to narrow the list to .odt files, you can do so by choosing the Texts item from the Type of documents drop-down list. Need to find a spreadsheet? No problem: just select the Spreadsheets item from the drop-down list.

The History Master command under the Tools-> Add-Ons menu lets you configure the extension's behavior. Here you can specify how many items History Master should keep, rearrange the existing entries, and remove dead links.

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