How To Enable Jump Lists

by Barry Dysert
(last updated April 10, 2017)

Jump lists were a great addition introduced in Windows 7, and they're still there in Windows 10. They are enabled by default so, for example, if you've been editing Microsoft Word documents, you can go to Start, right-click on your Word program, and you'll see a list of files you've recently edited.

You can have jump lists enabled or disabled to suit your desires. To do this, go to Start | Settings and click Personalization. On the left side of the resulting window, click Start. Scroll down to the bottom and you'll see an on/off slider for jump lists: (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Turning jump lists on and off.

With this setting turned On, you'll see Jump Lists when you right-click an application from the Start menu and also when you right-click an open application on the Taskbar. If you turn it Off, Jump Lists will not appear.

 This tip (1554) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

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Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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