Ubuntu ships as its default text editor Gedit, powerful and intuitive text editor incorporating a significant and handy amount of functionalities.
Moreover, Gedit is easily extendable with official plugins, therefore, users are able to add extra functionalities to the handy editor with
gedit-plugins, a set of plugins available via Ubuntu Software Center.
Dashboard is a definitely interesting Gedit plugin that exposes a dashboard-like view in Gedit, essentially, shifting (when launched) Gedit's view to a dedicated view where recently and frequently used text files are presented.
Enabling the Zeitgeist-based Dashboard plugin is as simple as installing
gedit-plugins and navigating to
Gedit-->Edit-->Preferences-->Plugins-->check Dashboard, action that enables the Dashboard plugin.
Triggering it is to be achieved by hitting the Gedit's
Create a new document button (or by launching Gedit), action that launches the plugin with big-sized thumbnails of recently and frequently used text files.