NSDocumentController object manages an application’s documents. As the first-responder target of New and Open menu commands, it creates and opens documents and tracks them throughout a session of the application. When opening documents, an
NSDocumentController runs and manages the modal Open panel.
NSDocumentController objects also maintain and manage the mappings of document types, extensions, and
NSDocument subclasses as specified in the
CFBundleDocumentTypes property loaded from the information property list (
- macOS 10.0+
You can use various
NSDocumentController methods to get a list of the current documents, get the current document (which is the document whose window is currently key), get documents based on a given filename or window, and find out about a document’s extension, type, display name, and document class.
In some situations, it is worthwhile to subclass
NSDocumentController in non-
NSDocument-based applications to get some of its features. For example, the
NSDocumentController management of the Open Recent menu is useful in applications that don’t use subclasses of