How to Enable Jump Lists in the Start Menu on Windows 10

Ivan Jenic
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Enable Jump Lists in the Start Menu

Although Windows 10 is the latest operating system from Microsoft, we can’t help but notice that some features from previous versions are absent.

One of these features is Jump lists, and if you’re missing this feature we’re going to show you how to enable Jump lists in Start Menu in Windows 10.

Jump lists were first introduced in Windows 7 and they allowed you to see recent documents or to access certain features from apps that are pinned to your taskbar or to your Start Menu. For example, if you have a text editor pinned to your taskbar you can see recent files simply by right-clicking its icon on the taskbar.

Jump lists work the same way for Start Menu apps, and if the app has support for Jump lists it will have a small arrow next to it, and by hovering your mouse over it you can reveal your recent documents or certain features.

As you can see, this was one quite useful feature, and it’s shame to see that Jump lists aren’t working in the Start Menu on Windows 10, but there’s a way to fix that.

Steps to enable Jump Lists in Windows 10 Start Menu

  1. Open Registry Editor. You can do so by pressing Windows Key + R and typing regedit.
  2. Locate the following key on the left pane:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advancedjump lists windows 10
  3. Create a new 32-bit DWORD called EnableXamlJumpView and set its value to 1.
  4. Close Registry Editor and restart Windows 10.

After restart Jump lists should be working in the Start Menu, although they look a bit bigger than on Windows 7.

Although Jump lists are working with taskbar icons in Windows 10 you can enable them in Start Menu as well by changing the registry. We have to warn you to be careful when changing the registry because you can damage your Windows 10 installation if you’re not careful.

On Windows 10, you can quickly check your Jump Lists for every app or program pinned to the taskbar. All you need to do is right-click on the respective app or program and you’ll see a list of all the recent files and folders that you accessed.

jump list file explorer windows 10

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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