Friday, 12 July 2019

Expand Windows 10 Jumplists

SuperUser (2018)  
I use jump links from the taskbar a lot. This is the right click menu that you can use while hovering over a taskbar programme shortcut to pull up your most frequently used files. It saves me so much time. Hover over Word, right click, click on my article template. So easy.

However, while I had up to 20 shortcuts available in Windows 7, Windows 10 tops out at 10. It is nowhere near enough shortcuts for my workplace productivity. So I went looking for a way to expand the list.

It turns out that this functionality is no longer part of the standard Windows install, and to get it to work, you need a registry hack. Luckily, another user had asked the SuperUser team for this fix, and I was able to follow their method.

All we need to do is:
  1. Using the Windows 10 search function - that's the magnifying glass by the Windows home key on your taskbar - search for regedit. When it comes up in the results, right-click on it, and in the pop up menu, select Run as administrator
  2. In Regedit, go to the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  3. In the right-hand window (as per the image illustrating this post) you may see an item called "JumpListItems_Maximum". If you do, double-click on the JumpListItems_Maximum value to open it, so you can change it. Change the "Value data:" to the maximum items you want in your jump lists, and ensure that under "Base", "Decimal" is selected. Then click on OK.
  4. If in the right-hand window there is no JumpListItems_Maximum, right-click the Advanced key in the left-hand window, and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name this JumpListItems_Maximum and press Enter. Now edit the item using step 3.
Thank you, SuperUser team! You make life so easy. 


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