PS CC 2017.0.1, MacOS 10.12.6, MacPro 2013
When opening a file, PS suddenly stopped displaying the Recent Files workspace this morning. It was working fine and then just quit. It still appears when PS first starts up, but when I use cmd-O or File->Open I just get the standard system dialog. Also, if I close all open files, the workspace appears.
Preferences->General has Show "Recent Files" Workspace When Opening A File checked. I have unchecked and restarted, then rechecked and restarted with no change.
Preferences->File Handling has Recent File List Contains set to 30. I have tried setting this higher and lower and restarting with no change.
Is there some other option I've missed? I'd really like to get this back, as I tend to work on a lot of files with similar file names and the thumbnails are fantastic to make sure I'm getting the right one.
If you have not customized any settings in Photoshop and everything is pretty much original then, you can try resetting the Photoshop preferences back to defaults and check if that helps.
Refer: Preferences in Photoshop