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Jump Lists - Reset and Clear All Items

How to Reset and Clear All Items in Windows 7 Jump Lists
Published by Brink
28 Apr 2010
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How to Reset and Clear All Items in Windows 7 Jump Lists

information   Information
This will show you how to completely reset and clear specific or all items in the Start Menu and Taskbar jump lists in Windows 7 to start fresh again.

This will only affect your currently logged in user account and no other users on the computer.

Note   Note
On a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, the Jump List of an application may disappear permanently when you use the application to open or save a new item. This issue occurs when there are 999 items in the Jump List already.


EXAMPLE: Start Menu Jump Lists Before and Reset
NOTE: You will need to click or hover on the arrow (if available) to the far right to see the Start Menu Recent or Pinned program's jump list.
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EXAMPLE: Taskbar Jump Lists Before and Reset
NOTE: You will need to right click on the taskbar icons to see their jump list.
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OPTION ONE
To Only Remove a Specific Item in a Jump List
1. Open the program's jump list, right click on a unpinned item that you want to remove, and click on Remove from this list. (see screenshot below)
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2. Repeat step 1 for any other item you wish to remove from this or any other program's jump list.



OPTION TWO
To Reset and Clear All Jump Lists Automatically with a BAT File
1. Click on the Download button below to download the file below, and save it to your desktop.
Reset_Recent_Jump_List_Items.bat
download
2. Click or double click on the downloaded BAT file to open and run it.

3. If prompted, click on Run.
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.

4. You will now see a quick flash as the BAT file runs and restarts explorer.

5. Your jump lists have been reset and cleared to be empty now. It may take a day or two afterwards before the jump lists repopulate.



OPTION THREE
To Reset and Clear All Jump Lists in a Command Prompt
1. Open a command prompt.

2. In the command prompt, "Copy and Paste" (or type) the command below and press enter. (see screenshot below)

Code:
del /F /Q %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations\*
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3. In the command prompt, "Copy and Paste" (or type) the command below and press enter. (see screenshot below)

Code:
del /F /Q %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\CustomDestinations\*
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4. Close the command prompt.

5. Log off and on, or restart the computer to fully apply.

6. Your jump lists have been reset and cleared to be empty now. It may take a day or two afterwards before the jump lists repopulate.
That's it,
Shawn





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29 Apr 2010   #1
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Works great Shawn, Thanks.

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29 Apr 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Derek.
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12 Jun 2010   #3
Merlin2000

Windows 7
 
 

Worked for me after a simple restart! My recent items were not displaying, despite being turned on, this fixed it for me
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12 Jun 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great new Merlin. Thank you for posting back with your results.
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01 Sep 2010   #5
periboob

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Thanks Brink! I was adjusting to using the Jump lists, but Notepad would not cooperate. Its recent list did not populate. Still not getting some 3rd party apps to maintain a list, but I am working though it, and learning on the way. Seems that Notepad++ for example, does not add to its jumplist when a document is opened from the context-menu item that NP++ adds at install. But if I add it to the "open with" choices, and use that, it works.

More to learn about. But anyway, your Reset procedure encouraged me to keep poking at it. Thanks.
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01 Sep 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Sounds encouraging Peri. You might also report this to the creator of Notepad++ to see if they may be able to address it in their next version release.
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01 Sep 2010   #7
periboob

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

I will dig around for signs of interest, but they may not be too motivated. NP++ has had a functionality equal to the jump-lists for quite a while. Rather than remembering what it has opened lately, you just close the app the documents are not really closed. When the app re-opens, it restores tabs for all documents that were not explicitly closed in the last session. Somewhat like the session-saving tools in web browsers. It seems likely that there are other apps that are not integrated with the new features though.

It would be nice to have consistency of function, but it may be a while as the jump-list function is not as simple as associating an extension with an app. My primary interest is more understanding of how the jump-lists work, as this looks like an interesting area.

---Added:---
and now NP++ is working! Notepad started updating its jumplist right after I did your "Reset" process, but maybe NP++ needed a Windows shutdown/re-start?

The Jumplist feature gets more interesting as I get into it. It is different enough to be confusing as to what it is really doing, like: are the files in the hidden folders really "there" or is it just a junction/symlink? Or, at what part of the file "opening" does a does a document get added to the list? But the ability to, say, store a specific search (e.g. "date modified yesterday") is very promising. May cause me to re-think my whole way of finding my stuff.
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22 Feb 2011   #8
Monsoon

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Works great, thanks!

Saved me from having to make another thread about this.


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22 Feb 2011   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Monsoon.
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