Using Jump Lists to open programs and items

Jump Lists are lists of recently opened items, such as files, folders, or websites, organized by the program that you use to open them. You can use a Jump List to open items, and you can also pin favorites to a Jump List, so you can quickly get to the items that you use every day.

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Managing programs and items with Jump Lists

On the taskbar, Jump Lists appear for programs that you've pinned to the taskbar and programs that are currently running. On the Start menu, Jump Lists appear for programs that you've pinned to the Start menu and programs that you've opened recently. (Jump Lists don't appear in All Programs on the Start menu.)

Jump Lists can include recently opened items, frequently opened items, tasks, or websites, in addition to any items that you've pinned.

You'll always see the same items in the Jump List for a program, regardless of whether you view the list on the Start menu or the taskbar. For example, if you pin an item to a program’s Jump List on the taskbar, the item also appears in that program's Jump List on the Start menu.

Notes

  • In addition to any pinned or currently open items, Jump Lists on the taskbar contain several commands that you can use to close an item or unpin the program from the taskbar.

  • You can drag an item from a Jump List to copy it to another location. For example, you can drag a document from a Jump List to an e‑mail message if you want to send it to someone.

Working with Jump Lists on the Start menu

Jump Lists on the Start menu give you quick access to the things you use most often.

Picture showing pinning an item to a Jump List on the Start menu
Pinning an item to the Jump List on the Start menu

To view the Jump List for a program

  • Click Start, point to a pinned program or to a recently used program near the top of the Start menu, and then point to or click the arrow next to the program.

To open an item

  • Click Start, point to a pinned program or to a recently used program near the top of the Start menu to open the program's Jump List, and then click the item.

To pin an item to a Jump List

  1. Click Start, and then open the program's Jump List.

  2. Point to the item, click the pushpin icon, and then click Pin to this list.

To unpin an item

  1. Click Start, and then open the Jump List for the program.

  2. Point to the item, click the pushpin icon, and then click Unpin from this list.

Notes

  • The next time you open an item that you've unpinned, it might reappear in the Jump List. To remove an item from the list, right-click the item, and then click Remove from this list.

  • To learn how to clear the history from Jump Lists, see Clear lists on the Start menu and taskbar.

Working with Jump Lists on the taskbar

Jump Lists on the taskbar give you quick access to the things you use most often.

Picture showing pinning an item to a Jump List on the taskbar
Pinning an item to a Jump List on the taskbar

To view the Jump List for a program

  • Right-click the program's button on the taskbar.

To open an item from a Jump List

  • Open the program's Jump List, and then click the item.

To pin an item to a Jump List

  • Open the program's Jump List, point to the item, click the pushpin icon, and then click Pin to this list.

    Notes

    • You can also drag a file icon or a shortcut from the Start menu or the desktop to the taskbar. This pins the item to the Jump List and also pins the program to the taskbar, if it isn't pinned already.

    • Folders are considered Windows Explorer items, and appear in the Windows Explorer Jump List when pinned or opened.

To unpin an item

  • Open the program's Jump List, point to the item, click the pushpin icon, and then click Unpin from this list.

    Notes

    • The next time you open an item that you've unpinned, it might reappear in the Jump List. To remove an item from the list, right-click the item, and then click Remove from this list.

    • To learn how to clear the history from all Jump Lists, see Clear lists on the Start menu and taskbar.