You may have noticed that Windows 7 has Jump Lists. This has nothing to do with attaching bungie to your ankles and taking the plunge off of a high-arching, cloud-tickling bridge in some scenic locale with lots of mountains and water and… possibly goats. Nor does it have anything to do with willfully leaping from a perfectly operational aircraft with a pouch of fabric strapped to your back and a prayer that gravity might not notice your attempt to thwart its inevitable embrace and you might actually get away with a safe landing. Jump Lists in Windows 7 are much more mundane in nature — but possibly more useful, depending on the sorts of things you find yourself doing on a daily basis. Some people see Jump Lists as being the same thing as the Recent Documents list. However, Jump Lists provide more functionality. They provide you with quick access to documents and tasks associated with applications. In other word, Jump Lists are like mini Start menus specific to individual applications.

You can customize Jump Lists be pinning items to them. For example, if you frequently use a specific search operation, you can pin it to the Windows Explorer Jump Lists. The specific types of items that you can pin to Jump Lists include:

Search Operations

Folders and files




Control Panel Items

Administrative Tools

Windows Explorer Categories

What Types of Things Can Be Pinned to a Jump List in Windows 7?

In a nutshell, you can pin almost anything to a Jump List by first creating a shortcut and then pinning that shortcut to a Jump List. If you’re exceptionally brave, you could probably pin lots of things to Windows 7 Jump Lists if you’ve got a laptop while you’re taking the extreme bungie or parachute excursions aforementioned. But most people like to take a break from the everyday and get at least a quick glance of the scenery as they’re careening perilously toward it at speeds normally impossible to the earthbound. It’s your call, you silly, silly person.