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How to enable jump lists in the start menu on Windows 10?

By Katrina Pascual | November 2, 2018 |

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Expert guide: How to fix jump lists in the Windows 10 Start menu

The Windows 10 taskbar doesn’t limit its users to opening programs and switching between windows. Did you know that it also enables jumping to other tasks by right-clicking the taskbar’s icons? This is the charm of jump lists, an extra-generation feature for navigation to files, folders, and applications in Windows 10 as in earlier Windows versions.

In this quick guide, we’re going to teach you how to fix jump lists in the Windows 10 Start menu as well as on the taskbar.

What are jump lists anyway?

First introduced in Windows 7, jump lists allow users to see their recent documents or to get hold of certain features from apps pinned to their taskbar or the Start menu. Simply right-clicking the text editor pinned to your taskbar, for instance, shows recent files.

A jump list works the same way for apps on the Start menu. An app has support for jump lists if it has a small arrow beside it, where hovering your mouse over it can present recent documents or specific features.

There was a time when after the shipment of Windows 10, users anticipated jump lists to work perfectly. It wasn’t ready at that time, but now it’s all good and jump lists are very much active on both the taskbar and Start menu.

How to enable jump lists in the Start menu on Windows 10?

Follow these steps for a quick, fuss-free way to fix jump lists in the Windows 10 Start menu:

  1. Enter the Settings app from the Start menu.
  2. Click the Personalization symbol.
  3. In the left column, proceed to the second last option. Click Start.
  4. On the right pane, Start features a few options. Focus on the last one, Show recently opened items in Jump Lists on Start or Taskbar
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  5. Toggle it to On.
  6. Right-click on an opened program on Taskbar to check if the jump lists now appear.

You can also enable jump lists through the Registry Editor. Here are the steps:

  1. Open your Registry Editor by pressing Windows key + R and entering regedit.
  2. On the left pane, locate this key: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced
  3. Create a new 32-bit DWORD named EnableXamlJumpView. Set its value to 1.
  4. Close Registry Editor.
  5. Afterwards, restart Windows 10. Jump lists should work fine in the Start menu by this time.

Jump lists work just as well with taskbar icons in Windows 10, but you can also enable them in the Start menu by modifying the registry. A little reminder: exercise caution when changing the registry, as it can mess up your Windows 10 installation if you’re reckless.

Again, you can check jump lists for apps or programs pinned to your taskbar on Windows 10 by right-clicking on the app or program. From there, it will be easy to view a list of all the recent files and folders accessed.

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One of these two options should work for you and enable jump lists on the taskbar and Start menu in no time. Good luck and keep posted for more tutorials!

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