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In Windows 8, when I right-click the taskbar and choose Properties, I see a new second tab called Jump lists instead of Start Menu:

jump lists

What are these lists and where can I access them?

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Note that this applies equally well to Windows 7 (and is even reduced in Windows 8 as they aren't available on the start screen) – Deanna Oct 30 '12 at 9:21
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A jump list means those documents you have opened recently. When you right-click a pinned item in the taskbar, it will show up. That means when it is checked, Windows will remember which documents have been opened, so that they can be displayed.

Example of a jump list:

Jump list


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That is a Jump List. Accessed by right-clicking the application in the taskbar.

Jump list

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Just align the arrow a bit more to the left and that would be perfect :) – Matthew Wong Oct 30 '12 at 9:13
@mwong Haha, there you go =D – VenkatH Oct 30 '12 at 9:18

A jump list is the list of files, folders, or functions that you can access when you right click an app.

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Jump lists are the menus that appear when you right-click a taskbar button (they could also be shown in the Windows 7 start menu, but that's gone in Windows 8):

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As you can see, they can contain various things, among them:

  • Most frequently used items (e.g. in Windows Media Player)
  • Most recently used items (pretty much the default when you don't do anything)
  • Other categories that are application-defined, such as Chrome's Recently closed
  • Tasks that are not document-centric but instead do something with an already-opened application. E.g. Chrome or IE allow you to open a new window or tab, Skype allows you to change the Online status, etc.
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