Modifying the Number of Jump List Items

by Barry Dysert
(last updated December 14, 2015)

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By default, jump lists display the ten most recently accessed items. Note that the lists display ten items, not that lists only keep track of ten. In fact, if you access a jump list displaying ten items and remove one, you'll notice another item move in to take its place. That being said, if you would prefer that jump lists display a different number of items other than ten, you can modify it, but only if you are using Windows 7 or Windows 8. (Windows 10 lacks the ability to adjust the number of jump list items.)

If you are using Windows 7, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click anyplace on the Taskbar. Windows displays a Context menu.
  2. Choose Properties from the Context menu. Windows displays the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box.
  3. Display the Start Menu tab.
  4. Click the Customize button. Windows displays the Customize Start Menu dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The Customize Start Menu dialog box.

  6. Near the bottom of the dialog box you adjust the Number of Recent Items to Display in Jump Lists setting.
  7. Close all the open dialog boxes.

If you are using Windows 8, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click anyplace on the Taskbar. Windows displays a Context menu.
  2. Choose Properties from the Context menu. Windows displays the Taskbar and Navigation Properties dialog box.
  3. Display the Jump Lists tab. (See Figure 2.)
  4. Figure 2. The Jump Lists tab of the Taskbar and Navigation Properties dialog box.

  5. At the top of the dialog box adjust the Number of Recent Items to Display in Jump Lists setting.
  6. Close all the open dialog boxes.

 This tip (12670) applies to Windows 7 and 8.

Author Bio

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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What is 7 + 5?

2015-12-14 18:27:52

Brian Hershman

Running Windows 7 Pro x64, I followed the appropriate instructions above and got the "Customize Start Menu" dialog up.

The Number of Recent Items to Display box is greyed out even though the Recent Items option is checked.

I certainly have several apps with jump lists (as defined here) - e.g. Excel, Word - but nothing shows up against them in the Start Menu.

What have I missed?


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