How to enable jump lists in the Windows 10 Start Menu

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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 it 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. By hovering your mouse over it, you can reveal your recent documents or certain features.

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

How can I enable jump lists in the Windows 10 Start Menu?

  1. Open Registry Editor. You can do so by pressing Windows Key + R and type in regedit.
  2. Locate the following key on the left pane:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

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  3. Create a new 32-bit DWORD called EnableXamlJumpView and set its value to 1.
  4. Close the 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.

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.

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There you go, that should do it. If you have any questions or suggestions related to this post, feel free to use the comments section below.

FAQ: Learn more about Jump lists

  • What is a jump list Windows 10?

Jump lists are basically pop-up menus that you can add in a location of your choice (taskbar, Start menu, etc.) and they allow you to quickly return to previously visited items.

  • Where are Windows 10 Jump lists stored?

Jump lists are usually stored in this location: C:->AutomaticDestinations. Paste this path in the File Explorer to quickly identify the location. If you’re having issues with the Explorer, check out this easy guide.

  • What is Jump List in Start menu?

The Jump list feature in the Start menu is designed to provide you with quick access to previously used items in order to speed up your routine.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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