TechSpot: Windows 7 Jump Lists Fix and Tricks

When Windows 7 made it out the door reactions were mixed about the operating system's revamped taskbar. Now two years later I can personally attest to the improved usability of the new bar and above all else, the magnificent implementation of jump lists.

Depending on the application jump lists can be used to get 1-click functionality without recalling a minimized window, easily access common tasks or to quickly open pinned and recent documents, saving you time not having to go through a number of dialogs. In a nutshell, if you are willing to make the most of them, jump lists are a productivity godsend.

Now, imagine my despair when a few weeks ago all my established jump list items disappeared for no apparent reason. Worse than that, as I tried to add them back Windows decided to act a bit like good old Vista and refused my changes.

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yeah this happened to me again just last week. why does this happen? does anybody know?

@PatrynXX- "That's probably number one on my reasons for not switching to Windows 7. That and there was no economical reason to downgrade to Windows 7 from Vista." - downgrade? seriously? have you even tried windows 7? cause i've used vista and imho if you love vista, you'll marry windows 7.

3rd impact said,
yeah this happened to me again just last week. why does this happen? does anybody know?

I just asked one of my techs to look into this, as this is not something we have seen or even dealt with with any of our corporate customers. I am going to take a guess that there is a common piece of software or a perfect storm that creates this problem or it would be more common to everyone rather than reoccuring to a set number of people.

That's probably number one on my reasons for not switching to Windows 7. That and there was no economical reason to downgrade to Windows 7 from Vista.

PatrynXX said,
That's probably number one on my reasons for not switching to Windows 7. That and there was no economical reason to downgrade to Windows 7 from Vista.

I bet you think you are cool, don't you?
No sane person would ever believe that Windows7 is a downgrade from Vista or XP

So you're cheap, admit it and stop making up B excuses

PatrynXX said,
That's probably number one on my reasons for not switching to Windows 7. That and there was no economical reason to downgrade to Windows 7 from Vista.

Umm, what? Windows 7 was an upgrade from Vista. Vista is by no means an outdated OS, but Windows 7 has across the board improvements from Vista.

PatrynXX said,
That's probably number one on my reasons for not switching to Windows 7. That and there was no economical reason to downgrade to Windows 7 from Vista.

Well, in about 5 years Apple will make 'Leap Lists' a major new feature of iOS or OS X and the concept will be new and cool again so you can start using them then.

Seriously, no reason to switch? Vista was far better than people ever understood or gave it credit, but there are some essential enhancements in Windows 7 that are well worth an upgrade from Vista.

If you can afford it or find a way to get Windows7, there is no reason to stay with Vista, as nothing was 'downgraded' in Windows7 and virtually all the new systems and technologies in Vista were improved in Windows7. Microsoft doesn''t put out a new OS with minor changes, so even as much Windows7 doesn't seem different from Vista to the average person, there are thousands of changes that often don't get much press and would be important to any user, including yourself.

thenetavenger said,

Well, in about 5 years Apple will make 'Leap Lists' a major new feature of iOS or OS X and the concept will be new and cool again so you can start using them then.

Seriously, no reason to switch? Vista was far better than people ever understood or gave it credit, but there are some essential enhancements in Windows 7 that are well worth an upgrade from Vista.

If you can afford it or find a way to get Windows7, there is no reason to stay with Vista, as nothing was 'downgraded' in Windows7 and virtually all the new systems and technologies in Vista were improved in Windows7. Microsoft doesn''t put out a new OS with minor changes, so even as much Windows7 doesn't seem different from Vista to the average person, there are thousands of changes that often don't get much press and would be important to any user, including yourself.

Vista may have introduced the new features (badly...); 7 fixed them up. I believe Vista really was as bad as everyone thought, it's just quite avant-garde to respect it in hindsight!

It might also be worth mentioning that emptying and locking %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent with NTFS ACLs will prevent jumplists from recording history as well. Unfortunately, this also kills pre-programmed jumplist items like "New E-Mail Message" in Outlook 2010's jumplist or "Open new tab" in IE.

Midnight Mick said,
Clear jump lists with a .bat file:
http://www. << spam >>. com/tutorials/81483-jump-lists-reset-clear-all-items.html

my god! spam alert is stupid!


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