How to disable Taskbar Jump Lists in Windows 7

Windows 7 has a new taskbar feature referred to as the Jump Lists.  If you don’t like or use this feature, you can easily disable Jump Lists. To do this, simply follow these instructions.

Disable Taskbar Jump Lists

Right click Taskbar > Properties > Start Menu tab > Uncheck Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar > Apply > OK.

The taskbar icons will now look like this.

jump list disabled

You can also configure it through the Group Policy Editor.

gpedit-jump-lists

They will no longer display Jump Lists or recently opened items or browsing history.

Go here if you find that your Jump List is missing or disappeared permanently in Windows 7.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware.
  • http://istomin.de Alec

    It is also possible to disable jump lists for select programs, by following http://superuser.com/questions/51454/disable-recent-items-in-jump-lists-for-certain-programs/882741#882741

    -Open the folder with jump list databases in Explorer (there is a file per
    application): %APPDATA%MicrosoftWindowsRecentAutomaticDestinations

    -Download a free program called strings(https://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/sysinternals/bb897439.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396) from Windows Sysinternals into the folder from previous step

    -Launch cmd.exe and navigate to jump lists directory

    cd %APPDATA%MicrosoftWindowsRecentAutomaticDestinations
    Strings.exe allows to extract readable words from any binary file, which allows to
    understand which application created a given jump lists binary database.

    -Copy paste the below command to create a .txt file with strings for
    each jump lists database:

    for %i in (*Destinations-ms) do @strings -n 5 %i >%i.txt

    -Review .txt files to determine which application a
    jumplist belongs to. Use command line: findstr /I adobe *.txt or open
    .txt files in an editor – the application that created them would be
    obvious from application names and recently accessed file names

    -To disable taskbar jump lists for an application simply create a directory with the same name as the jump list database file name. On my PC, to disable jump lists for Adobe
    Reader, I deleted ee462c3b81abb6f6.automaticDestinations-ms and created a
    new directory with the same name. If you ever decide to use disabled
    jump lists again – delete the directory and Windows will re-create the
    jump lists database file and the jump list history within it

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