Using Jump Lists on the Taskbar and Start Menu

A powerful addition to the taskbar and Start menu is the Jump List, a menu of options closely related to the program associated with a taskbar button or an entry on the Start menu. Programs that are written to take advantage of Jump Lists in Windows 7 might include on the Jump List various common commands and tasks that can be performed with that program

Jump Lists can be big timesavers even with older programs . For those programs, Windows adds to the Jump List a list of recently used documents, making it easy to reopen a recent document quickly.

In addition, each taskbar Jump List includes commands to open the program, to pin (or unpin) the program to the taskbar, and to close all open windows represented by the button.

Figure 4-5 shows Jump Lists for Internet Explorer.

Figure 4-5 A taskbar Jump List (left) usually includes commands not on a Start menu Jump List (right).

To open a taskbar Jump List, use either of these techniques:

• Right-click the taskbar button.

• Using a stylus (or your finger, if you have a touch-capable computer), drag the task-bar button away from the edge of the screen in a flicking motion. When you release, the Jump List appears

• The preceding technique was created for use with tablet and touch computers, but it also works with a mouse: point to the taskbar button, press the left mouse button, drag away from the taskbar, and release the mouse button .

On the Start menu, a Jump List is available only for programs that have been pinned and those in the recently used list. To display the Jump List associated with a Start menu item, click the arrow next to the program name or simply hover the mouse pointer over the menu item

Most of the Jump List content is created by the program's author or, in the case of recent items, generated by Windows. To keep favorite documents always available on the Jump List, you can pin an item in the recent documents list: point to it and click the pushpin icon, or right-click it and choose Pin To This List.

To protect your privacy or simply to clean up a cluttered list, you can remove an item from the recent list or the pinned list: right-click and choose Remove From This List (or, for pinned items, Unpin From This List).


Clear recent items from all Jump Lists

The recent items lists on Jump Lists, grouped by program, largely replace the need for a Recent Items menu on the Start menu, which is disabled by default in Windows 7 . (If you want to restore the Recent Items menu, open the Customize Start Menu dialog box and select Recent Items.) Like the Recent Items menu in previous Windows versions, the recent items shown on Jump Lists are derived from the contents of the folder %UserProfile%\Recent. Note that you can't add items to recent lists by making direct additions to %UserProfile%\Recent. For the purposes of building these lists, Windows simply ignores anything in the Recent folder that it didn't put there itself.

To clear all recent items (but not pinned items) from Jump Lists and from the Recent Items menu, right-click the Start button and choose Properties . On the Start Menu tab of the Taskbar And Start Menu Properties dialog box, clear the Store And Display Recently Opened Items In The Start Menu And The Taskbar check box. Windows clears out the %UserProfile%\Recent folder when you do this . _J

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