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.

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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 is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.