Recent files suddenly empty - Close and reboot does not help.

• Jun 15, 2024 - 16:50

I have no idea why, after years of use, suddenly this is blank, or at least not responding.

How can I get this back?


In reply to by Mr Fox

Thank you for your suggestion.

I have been using MS since it was still in beta. I have no idea how i would have cleared it. :)

As to using "open", I have been, and I tried again on your suggestion - no result.

Is there a switch I can access? I cannot find it.

In reply to by xavierjazz

File / Open. Browse to the place you have stored your scores. Select one and open it. Once you close it, THAT ONE will appear on the Recent Files list.

Alternatively, use the Windows File Explorer (or Finder [I think that's the right name?] in MacOS) to find a specific score file. Double-click it to open. Once it does so, THAT ONE will appear on the Recent Files list.

Basically, you are building the list anew.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

When does that happen? Until I manually deleted the list a couple of months ago, I had scores listed there that had been deleted MANY MONTHS before. I now have scores listed there from that ~3 months ago that have been deleted that long. I have not yet seen a single instance of it automagically removing any entry from that list.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Sorry for the delay in answering, Marc. I was attending a fiddle convention/competition over the weekend. Fun!!!

In answer, I must say, "Well, I be go-to-hell!" This is definitely working now.

Before I manually cleared the list a couple of months ago, it definitely wasn't. I looked at four or five specific examples of files that no longer existed on the hard drive and, as best I could recall, had not for several months. I'm'a guess that the manual procedure I followed to clear the list (, allowed MuS to properly get rid of deleted files once again. It appears that I had not explicitly tried to do that since then.

The recent files list is specific to your version of MuseScore. So, MuseSocre 4 will only show files opened in MuseScore 4, etc.

If for any reason a score can't be located when MuseScore opens, it will be removed from the list. So if it's on a external or network drive, or one using a cloud service, and the connection can't be made, the file will no longer appear. Same if the folder containing the drive has had its permissions changed or been renamed or moved, or if the drive itself is starting to fail.

Also, the list is per user, so if you're logged in to your computer under a different user account, that would also show you a different recent files list.

In reply to by xavierjazz

A possible test to help understanding what is happening :
Create 2 files in MuseScore and save them to the same new folder created for this test.
Check both of them are in recent files.
Open MuseScore by double click one of the files.
What's in recent file ? 0, 1 or 2 files of that folder ?

In reply to by frfancha

The content of the recent files is stored in a file recent_files.json , under
Windows: %LOCALAPPDATA%\MuseScore\MuseScore4
MacOS: ~/Library/Application\ Support/MuseScore/MuseScore4/.
Linux: ~/.local/share/MuseScore/MuseScore4/
and is updated the moment you open a file.
I would check this first.

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