Modifying the Number of Jump List Items

by Barry Dysert
(last updated March 28, 2019)

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By default, jump lists display the ten (twelve in Windows 10) most recently accessed items. Note that the lists display ten (twelve) items, not that lists only keep track of ten (twelve). In fact, if you access a jump list displaying ten items (twelve) 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 the default number, 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 when customizing the Start menu.)

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.

Earlier I mentioned that Windows 10 doesn't allow you to adjust the default number of items in the jump list. The following resource explains how to increase the number of items in Windows 10 jump lists using the Registry Editor.

https://merabheja.com/increase-number-items-windows-10-jump-lists/

 This tip (12670) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

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What is two less than 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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