Windows 7 Jump Lists

November 19, 2010

There is a cool new feature in Windows 7 called Jump Lists thatĀ  you may not be aware of. The idea behind it is to allow you to open a program in a way that get’s you right where you want to be instead of making you open the program and click a bunch of things or type something to get where you want to go.

For example, let’s say there is a website you want to go to and it’s a web site you access frequently. Normally, you would click on Internet Explorer in the task bar. Then you would either type in the website address or find it in your favorites and access that website. With Windows 7 jump lists, all you have to do is right-click on Internet Explorer in the task bar (instead of left click) and choose theĀ  website from the pop-up menu and it will go right to that website.

Jump lists don’t work with all programs, but they do work with a lot of programs. And that list is growing every day. Another example is using Windows Media Player. Let’s say you wanted to listen to all of the music on your PC. Normally, you would have to open Windows Media Player, click on All Music, and then tell it to play. With Windows 7 jump lists, you would only need to right-click on Windows Media Player and choose “All music” from the jump list, and that’s it!

If your computer has Windows 7, try right-clicking on some of your icons in the task bar to see your jump lists.

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