How to Change Number of Items Showing in Windows 7 Jump Lists

windows 7 - changing number of recent items to display in Jump Lists With Windows 7 RC1, Microsoft limited the number of Jump List items showing above taskbar icons to 10. (click image for larger view). In the beta there was no such limit.

I gather that more than 10 was confusing for some. For me large jump lists are very useful– especially for programs that do not  make it easy to find and open recent files.

One such program is Windows Live Writer – the program I use to write blog posts. It remembers only the three most recent posts. However, I frequently tweak and retweak recent posts until I get it just right. The more prior posts showing up in the Jump List the easier it is to access and edit those posts.

To change the default number of items in the jump List that Windows 7 makes available:

  • right click anywhere on the task bar
  • choose ‘Properties’
  • click the ‘Start Menu’ tab
  • click the ‘Customize…’ button
  • set the desired ‘Number of recent items to display in Jump Lists:’ at the bottom of the ‘Customize Start Menu’ dialogue box – see picture below:

windows 7 - number of recent items to display in Jump Lists - customize start menu dialogue box

  • click ‘OK’
  • click ‘Apply’
  • click ‘OK’

Tip: Jump List ‘Swoosh’ Shortcut: Rather than right clicking on a taskbar icon to access the Jump List you can left-click swoosh up your mouse (like how you swoosh lists on an iPhone to move them) over a taskbar icon to bring up the jump list. Swoosh the mouse pointer from the bottom up.

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