I use Notepad++ for a bunch of text files. I like to pin my frequently used text files to the Notepad++ icon on the taskbar. There seems to be a limit of 18 items visible. I can pin more than 18 files but I can't see them. I have plenty of screen real estate so the jumplist/pinned list could be a lot taller. How can I increase the size of the "Pinned" portion of the jump list in Windows 7?

Note that I am NOT talking about the increasing the size of the "recent" portion of the jump list (I have that set to zero). I can find plenty of hits on adjusting the size of that, but nothing on adjusting the size of the "Pinned" list.

  • Since nothing much returns in a Google search "change size of pinned jump list", your chances are slim in finding an answer soon. Great question.
    – Moab
    Oct 16, 2010 at 17:51
  • Scroll down to the answer "Works in Windows 10" for the instructions on how to do this in Windows 10. The reg entry specifies more room for either pinned or recent entries to be displayed.
    – Brian B
    May 5, 2017 at 17:10

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Google doesn't seem to have anything on increasing the pinned section, but Jumplist Launcher could possibly get the result you're looking for, albeit with a bit more work. You'd have to add all of the files you want via the program, but the end result would appear be similar to pinning them all.

  • Jumplist Launcher looked intriguing but unfortunately it too seems to be subject to the mysterious 18 item limit. There's an option to change the maximum jumplist size, but, at least on my Win7 box, it doesn't work.
    – mhenry1384
    Oct 19, 2010 at 2:49
  • Actually JumpList Launcher seems to work after all, and even better than advertised. Run JumpList Launcher. Increase the "Max. Jumplist-Items". Hit Save. Reboot your computer. Now ALL pinned lists (not just those in JumpList Launcher) have that new size. Including the start menu, which looks a little weird when it's super tall, but whatever. Good enough.
    – mhenry1384
    Oct 21, 2010 at 4:23
  • FYI, as of 2021 June, the link provided for Jumplist Launcher is no longer valid. Jun 26, 2021 at 6:42
  1. Right click on the Windows orb/start button and click Properties.
  2. Click the Start Menu tab (if not already selected).
  3. Click Customize...
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  4. Set Number of recent programs to display and Number of recent items to display in Jump Lists to to something like 20.
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This also makes your start menu super tall, allows you to add more pinned programs to your start menu and more pinned programs to your pinned programs jump lists.

You don't need the jumplist launcher to do that.

I was wishing that when the limit was reached it would become a scrollable jump list like they do when you click all programs on the start menu. That would be ideal! Does the jumplist launcher do that?

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    This is the correct answer. No hacks necessary.
    – surfasb
    Jul 17, 2011 at 16:17
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    Perfect, exactly what I needed.
    – Chad
    Jan 23, 2013 at 1:53
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    +1, and I wonder why this is not the accepted answer
    – stijn
    Feb 6, 2013 at 10:17
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    -1; This is a wrong answer. The OP asks for increasing pinned items on the taskbar, your method increases the pinned items in the start menu. Feb 14, 2013 at 9:21
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    @hkBattousai : He asked about the pinned items list of the pinned taskbar icon. This is the list you get by right-clicking the icon, and is the same as the one you get from the start menu jumplists, so the solution is correct. Feb 18, 2013 at 17:42

Browse to the following key in the registry editor:


Change the decimal value of Max entries to whatever you like (the default is 17).

  • Not sure what Jumplist Launcher is, but this worked great for me, thanks! Oct 7, 2011 at 15:03
  • This works very well, but after a reboot, my experience is that it always resets to 8 on Win7. Any way to resolve that quirk? Jun 26, 2021 at 6:23

I was just doing this in Windows 8.1 and thought I'd add an answer to show the differences in that OS:

  1. Right Click on the taskbar and go into properties.

  2. Go to the Jump Lists tab.

  3. Change the number of recent items to display in Jump Lists to a suitable number, the maximum is 60:

    illustration of how to change jump lists

  4. Click OK

The recent items and pinned items share the space, so the number you set is a total across both types of item. If you set it too high, then it will go off the top of your screen - with a 1200px vertical, I can fit about 45 items in a full-height jump list.

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    No points for the hand-drawn circle? SU, you disappoint! Feb 2, 2015 at 9:34

Works in Windows 10

To change quantity of Jump List items, open RegEdit and navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced Click on Advanced key. On menu, click Edit > New > DWORD (32 bit) Value. Name it: JumpListItems_Maximum Right click it, select Modify and set Hexadecimal Value to what you want. This takes immediate effect. No need to reboot system. Also works when those Jump Lists and Start Menu tabs are missing from Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window. :)


I observed that jump lists open after a lot of delay if you set the jump list size to large number. In my case this occurred when I kept it to 30. So ended up reducing it to 15.

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    oh Yes, works perfekt! Thx a lot.
    – gReX
    Apr 21, 2016 at 12:23

Also, there's an optional update to the jump list that allows for more than 999 items, though who would ever want 1,000 items in their list is beyond me.


It could set the jump list like real high and leave recent programs at 8 as the default or even set it to 0 if it has its jumplist set to all the programs it recently uses anyway. That's sort of the idea of recent applications.

So it could set recent to 0 even and other to twice the amount showing.

  • sounds to me as if you just need to go down by the clock and get the menu and pick toolbar and you can drag your shortcuts to it and ;then when click down on it it pops up a menu of your 'programs ya want to get to
    – user190850
    Jan 18, 2013 at 0:30

Windows 7

Check "Use small icons" in "Taskbar" tab.

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