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Create Custom Windows 7 Jumplists for Apps that Don’t Have One

Would you like more of your favorite programs to include jumplists for your favorite tasks?  Here’s how you can customize your Windows 7 jumplists quickly with Jumplist Extender.

Windows 7’s redesigned taskbar makes it easier than ever to organize and run your favorite programs without having to constantly search for them in the Start menu.  When you right-click apps on your Windows 7 taskbar, you’ll see a new jumplist that lets you open recent documents or start a common task in the app.

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Unfortunately, many apps don’t include full-featured jumplists, so you can’t really do anything interesting without running the program directly.

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If you’d like to add more features to your favorite programs’ jumplists, you can easily do it with the Jumplist Extender.  This simple and free program lets you extend your programs with custom jumplists to make them work exactly like you want.  To get started, download Jumplist Extender (link below), and install as normal.

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Once it’s installed, you can run it and get started tweaking jumplists.  Select Start a new jumplist to get started.

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Now select an application in the Explorer window that opens to tweak that app’s jumplist.

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You’ll next need to select the program’s window to tweak it’s jumplist.  If it’s not already running, click the Run button to start it.  Once it’s started, select the program and Jumplist Extender will automatically recognize it.

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It’ll then open the Jumplist Extender window so you can start tweaking the jumplist.  Make sure the program settings look correct, then select the Jumplist tab.

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Now you’re ready to add new entries to the jumplist.  On the right side of the window, enter a name for the action, select an icon, then enter the action you want that link to perform.

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Under Task Properties, you can select to send a keyboard shortcut to the window, run a command prompt task, or start an AutoHotKey script.

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Keyboard shortcuts are one of the easiest things to add to the jumplist.  In this example, we’re tweaking the Calculator jumplist.  If we’d like to be able to start Calculator in Scientific mode, then we’ll need to add the keyboard shortcut Alt+2 to our jumplist.  You can often find keyboard shortcuts for standard tasks in the File menu of your favorite programs.

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Back in the Jumplist Extender, enter your keyboard shortcut in the box just like you’d enter it in a program.

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Once you’re finished adding a task, you can add an extra task or separator from the Plus button on the left.

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When you’re done tweaking the jumplist and want to try out your new settings, click File then select Save and Apply to Taskbar.

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Your taskbar icons may flicker or refresh momentarily, but after a few seconds you’ll be able to see your new jumplist with the tasks you added.

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This works great for apps that don’t already include a Jumplist.  However, if you use it on a program that already has a full-featured jumplist such as Media Player, your new jumplist will override the old one.  So, if you want to tweak an app’s existing jumplist, you’ll need to add all the old features in your custom jumplist.

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Add a Jumplist Quickly With Jumplist Packs

If you don’t feel like creating new jumplists for all your apps by hand, you can instead download premade jumplist packs from the Jumplist Extender download page (link below).  Find the premade jumplist you want, then download it to your computer.

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Once you’ve downloaded a Jumplist pack, simply double-click it to add it to an app.  You’ll be asked if you want to add the jumplist to a new program, or import it into the jumplist you were previously editing.

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You can then tweak the new presets if you want, then add them to the program as above.  Once you apply the new settings, you’ll have full-featured jumplists ready for your program.  This is a quick way to get nice jumplists without creating them all by hand.

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Do note that we experienced some problems with some of the pre-made jumplist packs, but didn’t experience any problems with creating our own jumplists.

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Overall, we found the Jumplist Extender to be a handy tool that makes it easy to make your apps feel more integrated with Windows 7.  It worked great on bundled apps that don’t already include jumplists as well as older apps.

If you’d like to customize your taskbar more, check out our recent articles on How to Customize Your Windows 7 Taskbar Icons for Any App and How to Organize Your Programs in the Windows 7 Taskbar.  Then you can have a fully tweaked-out taskbar with the icons and jumplist items you want for each of your favorite apps!

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Learn More About Jumplist Extender

Download Jumplist Extender and Jumplist Packs

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  • Published 09/29/10

Comments (11)

  1. TJ Fadness

    If only I used jumplists…. *sigh*…

    Cool article, though!

  2. thenonhacker

    Best Tip I’ve read this morning! I’m getting this app.

  3. Matthew Guay

    @thenonhacker – Good, glad you liked it! Your comment made my day :)

  4. Tangmeister

    I really like this app,

    But using it w/ Google Chrome and its pinned apps proved impossible, so I tried it w/ my main chrome shortcut, and had to put it in compatibility mode for Vista SP2 to keep the Jumplists from resetting.

    Just a heads up.

  5. kevin

    Although I am doing everything according to instructions in Win7 64bit utility does not work. I’m trying to practice on a calculator and although the menu during normal Jumplist projení are inactive and the calculator will always start only in basic mode.

  6. Shemmie

    Utterly superb – been looking out for something like this. Massive kudos for the post, thanks. Is there a way to ‘import’ existing jumplist items from apps that support it, so that we can start with the base jumplist tasks, and expand on them?

  7. Windowpains

    When trying to duplicate an already existing jumplist which was included with an APP is it possible to recreate the “Recent” list? If so, how would this be accomplished?

  8. Stan Brown

    The links don’t work for me — each one leads to just a blank page.

    Googling “Jumplist Extender” (with quotes) turns up pages that do work, such as

    http://code.google.com/p/jumplist-extender/
    (main page)

    http://code.google.com/p/jumplist-extender/downloads/list
    (downloads)

    These are almost a year old, but are the same Version 0.2C featured in the HTG article from September.

  9. Stan Brown

    Follow-up: I notice from http://code.google.com/p/jumplist-extender/ that the program author says “I no longer work on this project.”

  10. Leo Levosky

    Your link for this doesn’t seem to work. Is this really a safe program?

  11. Steven

    Great utility with a two issues:

    1) When using icons from a file the icons, are compressed to be 16×16 pixels and look *TERRIBLE*
    2) There’s no way to revert to a program’s default Jumplist (though uninstalling Jumplist Extender will allow you to revert).

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