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Recent Documents (Windows & macOS)

Windows and macOS provide easy access to a list of recent documents opened by the application via JumpList or dock menu, respectively.


JumpList Recent Files

Application dock menu:

macOS Dock Menu

To add a file to recent documents, you can use the app.addRecentDocument API:

const { app } = require('electron')

And you can use app.clearRecentDocuments API to empty the recent documents list:

const { app } = require('electron')

Windows Notes

In order to be able to use this feature on Windows, your application has to be registered as a handler of the file type of the document, otherwise the file won't appear in JumpList even after you have added it. You can find everything on registering your application in Application Registration.

When a user clicks a file from the JumpList, a new instance of your application will be started with the path of the file added as a command line argument.

macOS Notes

When a file is requested from the recent documents menu, the open-file event of app module will be emitted for it.