Thursday, January 6, 2011

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Reset and Clear All Items In Windows 7 Jump Lists

How to Reset and Clear All Items in Windows 7 Jump Lists -  Applies to all editions of Windows 7.
Jump Lists—new in Windows 7—take you right to the documents, pictures, songs, or websites you turn to each day. To open a Jump List, just right-click a program button on the Windows 7 taskbar. (You can also get to Jump Lists by clicking the arrow next to the program name on the Start menu.)
Jump Lists are lists of recently opened items, such as files, folders, or websites, organized by the program that you use to open them. You can use a Jump List to open items, and you can also pin favorites to a Jump List, so you can quickly get to the items that you use every day.
What you see in a Jump List depends entirely on the program. The Jump List for Internet Explorer 8 shows frequently viewed websites. Windows Media Player 12 lists commonly played tunes. Is your Jump List missing a favorite? You can "pin" whatever files you like there.
Jump Lists don't just show shortcuts to files. Sometimes they also provide quick access to commands for things like composing new email messages or playing music.

Now, let us see how to completely reset and clear 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. If you want to view the jump list for task-bar applications, you will need to right click on the taskbar icons to see its jump list.

Reset Jump Lists:
  • Open a command prompt.
  • In the command prompt, "Copy and Paste" (or type) the command below and press enter. (see screenshot below)
del /F /Q %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations\*
  • In the command prompt, "Copy and Paste" (or type) the command below and press enter. (see screenshot below)
del /F /Q %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\CustomDestinations\*
  • Close the command prompt.
  • Your jump lists have now been reset and cleared.
Sometimes (rarely) you may need to log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

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