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I need to customise the 'Recent Content' block to show only 1 content type (i.e pages or articles).

This doesn't seem to be possible with the block settings so I presume that I need to clone and/or edit this block to restrict the content it shows?

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A custom View (as a block) would solve your problem.

You can make it replicate the functionality of the 'Recent Content' block but minus the the Content Type that you wish not to include.

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Views is the answer, it is the most used module on Drupal sites, but it has a learning curve (well worth studying!). Try the video series at Nodeone.se called Taming the Beast. You will emerge as a guru of Viewdom.

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If you want to use Views for creating recents content block, simply create a view, add sorts by newest items filter and select content-types you want to use. You can also add more filters and aditional options.

+You can also click configure from recents block, choose 'content-type' and select content-type you want to limit.

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