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Consolidate the Windows 7 Taskbar with Jumplist Launcher

The new Taskbar in Windows 7 is a great new feature, but sometimes you might have too many apps and not enough room. Today we take a look at Jumplist Launcher that allows you to consolidate the app launchers on the Taskbar.

Using Jumplist Launcher

Jumplist Launcher doesn’t require installation and you can run it directly from your hard drive or a flash drive and launch the executable.

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After launching it you’re presented with a configuration dialog screen to begin setting up your jump lists. You can create different Groups and name them to suite your needs. You can browse to program and file directories, but the easiest way I’ve found is to drag shortcuts into Jumplist Launcher.

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You can add up to 60 different Jumplist items.

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After you have created the lists, make sure to pin the program to the taskbar and close out of the app. Then you can still access the items by right-clicking the icon on the taskbar.

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Occasionally there are errors while adding items to the Jumplist, but the problem seems to correct itself right away, so just click OK to the dialog box. If you do get errors or find any bugs it’s recommended to post them on the developers blog.

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Conclusion

For this article we used Jumplist Launcher Version 7 on Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit). It looks like this project is in constant development, and there are still a few bugs, but it works and and can be quite useful. This cool little app is a great way to consolidate taskbar launchers and save space on the Taskbar.

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  • Published 12/31/09

Comments (7)

  1. Vadersapien

    I tried it not long ago, but I couldn’t add a file/folder, and on exit it gave me about 15 memory violation errors(Just the ususal “This application tried to access memory at the address 0xblah” or whatever it is).

  2. David Levine

    I’ve been using this program since October and I have never encountered an issue with it. It has done what it was designed to do without any errors popping up. Granted, I’ve only had a maximum of 10 things set to it, so maybe the errors come into play when you increase the max jumplist items past 10.

  3. Bert Hoffman

    Microsoft should build this type of app-launching functionality directly into Windows, without requiring 3rd party utilities. They could give it a catchy name, like the “Start button”.

  4. Ask Caboose

    Actually I think this program is pretty neat. You can also for example name the launcher Office, put in your apps and pin it to the start menu or task bar, then name another Adobe and do the same thing, I’ll try to send a picture of what I’m talking about but it helps me have jumplists for my apps inside my start menu, that’s how I’m running it now.

  5. Daniel

    The Error that you can occasionally get is, as far as I know, caused by an entry that it can’t find (anymore). So it could be an old entry, maybe not even visible, as you can delete entries by right-clicking Jumplist Launcher and then right-click the link and choose “Remove from this list”, yet this way, it will still be there in the app itself. If you would uninstall that program, you would, definitely, get this error whenever you press “Update Jumplist”: it can’t find an entry, although the entry is not visible when you use it.

  6. Daniel

    By the way, it’s a great app. Works perfectly in Windows 7 as well. You just need to know how it works, but when you do: it’s a second Startmenu, but better ;-)

  7. Simon

    It would be alright if it had some instructions – no idea how to use it!

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