Modifying the Number of Jump List Items

by Barry Dysert
(last updated December 14, 2015)

1

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. ...

MORE FROM BARRY

Working with Compressed Files and Folders via Zip

Windows 10 provides multiple ways to work with compressed files and folders. One great way is to use the Zip utility, which ...

Discover More

Configuring Windows to Do Backups on a Schedule

Performing regular backups of your system offers you peace of mind because you don't have to worry about data loss in the ...

Discover More

Stopping Windows from Creating Thumbs.db Files

Many times, the automatically created Thumbs.db file is more trouble than it's worth. If you want to stop Windows from ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

Understanding Jump Lists

Jump lists are great productivity enhancers to Windows 7. By using jump lists, you can easily access frequently used ...

Discover More

Clearing Your Jump Lists

Ever since their introduction in Windows 7, I've found Jump lists to be great timesavers. Some people have privacy concerns ...

Discover More

Evaluating System Performance Using the Task Manager

One of the many functions of the Windows Task Manager is to allow you to see how your system is performing. If necessary, you ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is three minus 2?

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?


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.