In previous versions of Windows, you could change the number of recent items shown in jump lists with a simple option in taskbar properties. For whatever reason, Microsoft removed this ability in Windows 10. With a minor Registry hack, though, you can still bump that number up.

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Increase the Jump List Limit by Editing the Registry Manually

By default, Windows 10 shows around 12 recent items in the jump list. To increase that number, you just need to make an adjustment to one setting in the Windows Registry.

RELATED: Learning to Use the Registry Editor Like a Pro

Standard warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool and misusing it can render your system unstable or even inoperable. This is a pretty simple hack and as long as you stick to the instructions, you shouldn’t have any problems. That said, if you’ve never worked with it before, consider reading about how to use the Registry Editor before you get started. And definitely back up the Registry (and your computer!) before making changes.

Open the Registry Editor by hitting Start and typing “regedit.” Press Enter to open Registry Editor and give it permission to make changes to your PC.

In the Registry Editor, use the left sidebar to navigate to the following key:


Next, you’re going to create and name a new value inside the Advanced key. Right-click the Advanced folder and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value JumpListItems_Maximum and then double-click the value to open its properties window.

In the value’s properties window, select “Decimal” under Base and then enter the number of recent items you want your jumplists to show in the “Value data” box. We’ve found that 15-20 is a pretty good number that still lets the whole jump list show on most displays. You can go higher if you want; you just might end up needing to scroll your jump lists a bit. When you’re done, click OK.

You can now exit Registry Editor. You don’t need to restart Windows or anything. The change takes place immediately, so just open a jump list to make sure it worked. In our example, we boosted the number to 20 and you can see that many more entries are now shown.

If you ever want to reset the default number of items shown, just return to the Advanced key and set the JumpListItems_Maximum value to 0.

Download Our One-Click Hacks

If you don’t feel like diving into the Registry yourself, we’ve created some a couple of registry hacks you can use. The “Increase Jump List Recent Items to 20” hack creates the JumpListItems_Maximum value and sets it to 20. The “Reset Jump List Recent Items to Default” hack sets the JumpListItems_Maximum value to 0, restoring the default setting. Both hacks are included in the following ZIP file. Double-click the one you want to use and click through the prompts. When you’ve applied the hack you want, the changes will take place immediately.

Jump List Recent Items Hacks

You can also edit the “Increase Jump List Recent Items to 20” hack to the number you want by right-clicking the REG file and then choosing Edit from the context menu to open the file in Notepad. In the Notepad window, find the following line:


Modify the number to whatever you want. Just remember that the number needs to be six digits, so leave those zeroes in place. Save the file when you’re done and the hack will be ready to run.

RELATED: How to Make Your Own Windows Registry Hacks

These hacks are really just the Advanced key, stripped down to the JumpListItems_Maximum value we talked about in the previous section and then exported to a .REG file. Running either of the enable sets that value to the appropriate number. And if you enjoy fiddling with the Registry, it’s worth taking the time to learn how to make your own Registry hacks.

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