How to disable Taskbar Jump Lists in Windows 7

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  1. 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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