Windows 7

Adjust Size of Jump Lists on Windows 7 Taskbar

SUMMARY: Adjust the number of files and other items accessible via Jump Lists on the Windows 7 Taskbar.

Some running applications and programs pinned to Windows 7's Taskbar support recent/frequent files/folders/websites inside their Jump Lists, accessible by right-clicking a Taskbar button or using a mouse gesture. Sample applications supporting this include Windows Explorer, Notepad, and Internet Explorer.

By default up to 10 items can be added to a button's Jump List. For privacy reasons you may wish to reduce or eliminate this number. Conversely, if you find Jump Lists extremely useful you may wish to increase the number of displayed items.

1. Right-click an empty area of the taskbar and choose "Properties".

2. The "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties" multi-tabbed dialog box appears. Click the "Start Menu" tab.

3. Click the "Customize" button.

4. The "Customize Start Menu" dialog box appears. Underneath "Start menu size", next to "Number of recent items to display in Jump Lists", enter/select a value from 0-60. Note that although you can choose up to 60 items, Windows 7 will not actually display this many items.

Adjusting the size of recent items in Windows 7 Jump Lists

5. Click "OK" on the dialog boxes to close them.

Even if you reduce this value to 0, Windows 7 still keeps the record of recent items. You can go back and reset the value to 10 and the entries will be restored to the Jump List.

To prevent Windows 7 from storing these entries, as well as recently opened items in the Start Menu, do the following:

1. Right-click an empty area of the Windows 7 Taskbar and choose "Properties".

2. The "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties" multi-tabbed dialog box appears. Click the "Start Menu" tab.

3. Underneath "Privacy", uncheck "Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar".

Disabling items from being added to Windows 7 Jump Lists

4. Click "OK" to close the dialog box.

Windows 7 is still in RC stage as of when this tip was written. I experienced a bug whereas unchecking this box, hitting apply, then rechecking the box and hitting apply caused items to later only intermittingly appear in Jump Lists. Your experiences may vary.

This tip was written for Windows 7 RC. Screenshots and information are subject to change between this and the official release of Windows 7.

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