Word –> Recent Documents?

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SmithJones
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Word –> Recent Documents?

Postby SmithJones » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:15 am

Hello, all,

Brand new user of LaunchBar here. I want to see if I like the software before buying – and I'm having some trouble seeing what's so great about it yet – so I bought "Take Control of LaunchBar" book to try to get it to work.

Following the instructions in the book, I tried to learn to access recently used Microsoft Word documents. To do so, I invoked LB, then hit W for Microsoft Word, then RightArrowed, and supposedly I should see a list of recently opened MS Word documents. But I didn't.

What I did see was this:

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And if I RightArrow into "Word Documents," what I see isn't recent documents, but some OOOLD documents (apparently in alpha order) along with Safari web pages (that aren't even in the same directory, I don't think) and docs written in Japanese (not by me) and ... just chaos.

I looked at the indexing section of "Take Control of LaunchBar," but that isn't explained very well, either. It talks about deleting rules to reduce the number of "hits," but then doesn't explain how to delete rules, and which rules one might want to delete.

I want to like LaunchBar, I really do, but it seems like it's so powerful that I can't even get it into first gear. And as an application launcher ... well, I don't have much use for an application launcher. It's all the other functions of LB that I'm primarily interested in...

Can anyone help me here? Thank you.

SJ

SmithJones
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Re: Word –> Recent Documents?

Postby SmithJones » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:36 pm

OK, well, I figured out that I need to highlight "Word Documents" and then RightArrow into that category ... and then I can search for Word Documents by typing the name of the document.

But applying the same logic to Contacts doesn't work. If I invoke LB, then type C to get Contacts, then RightArrow into that, what I see is this:

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So: Which line would I select to search for John Smith in my Contacts by name?

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Re: Word –> Recent Documents?

Postby Greg Jones » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:43 pm

Make sure you have searching Contacts enabled in the LaunchBar index, then you should see this (attached). At this point, begin typing a name and you will be presented with a list of matching contacts. Or just bypass the Contacts app in LaunchBar entirely by typing the contact's name when you activate LaunchBar.
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Re: Word –> Recent Documents?

Postby SmithJones » Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:41 pm

Greg Jones wrote:Or just bypass the Contacts app in LaunchBar entirely by typing the contact's name when you activate LaunchBar.


That didn't work, either (which is why I tried the roundabout route of RightArrowing through Contacts), which suggests to me that the names in Contacts aren't indexed.

I'll look at trying to make sure my Contacts are indexed. Thanks for the reply.

SJ

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Re: Word –> Recent Documents?

Postby vqv » Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:18 am

SmithJones wrote:Following the instructions in the book, I tried to learn to access recently used Microsoft Word documents. To do so, I invoked LB, then hit W for Microsoft Word, then RightArrowed, and supposedly I should see a list of recently opened MS Word documents. But I didn't.

Can anyone help me here? Thank you.

SJ

Microsoft apps do not store their recent documents list using standard macOS APIs that most other Mac apps do, so LaunchBar cannot access those items. Note that you won't see your recent Word documents in the Apple -> Recent Items menu either.

However, I found that another user had written some custom LaunchBar actions that enable the Recent Documents functionality for Word, PP, and Excel by programmatically scraping the info. Try:

https://github.com/nriley/LBOfficeMRU

and see this post:

viewtopic.php?t=10454

- vqv

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Re: Word –> Recent Documents?

Postby SmithJones » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:59 pm

Thank you, VQV.

Now that I've upgraded to Sierra, Word 2008 is fatally broken, so I won't be using MS products anymore, thankfully. I appreciate your help, though.


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