How To Pin Jumplist Items In Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 8, 2011
Updated • Jun 14, 2014
Tutorials, Windows tips

I'm not really making that much use of the jumplist feature that Microsoft has implemented into the Windows 7 operating system.

With a fast SSD as my main drive, it feels that the extra click needed to start the application is simply not worth it to open a specific feature or page that way.

A better way in my opinion would have been to set jumplists to open automatically on mouse hover, with options to revert to the right-click or middle-click option. This way, they would be well integrated into the workflow.

Well, I know some users who work with jumplists. When I asked them what they use the jumplists for they told me to open documents that they previously worked on.

One of the things that I really like about jumplists is their dynamic nature. The lists do not show the top 10 documents or features of all time, but the most recently used or opened features. What some Windows users do not know is that it is possible to pin specific jumplist items to the list so that they become permanent.

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That's handy if you have a document, web page or file that you always want to have listed under the program's jumplist entry in the Windows operating system.

Here is how you pin a jumplist item in Windows. Right-click the program icon in the Windows taskbar to display the program's jumplist.

Locate the item that you want to pin and move your mouse over it. A pin icon is displayed on the right side of the item. Click that icon to pin the entry to the jumplist. Make sure you click on the pin and not on the item itself, as you would launch it otherwise.

All items that are not pinned may get changed eventually, the pinned items on the other hand will never change. You can unpin items again by following the very same steps.

This means that they will always be displayed in the menu so that you can open them whenever you display the jumplist.

Are you using jumplists? If so, for what purpose?

How To Pin Jumplist Items In Windows
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How To Pin Jumplist Items In Windows
The guide explains how you can pin items -- programs, websites or files -- to the jumplist in Windows so that they are displayed whenever you open the jumplist.

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