Windows 7 introduced us to jump lists, a convenient way of managing programs directly from the Windows 7 taskbar. Along with added functionality, jump lists also store recent history. If you’re using a shared computer or privacy is a concern, you might want to limit what get’s stored and listed in your recent history. If this is the case, just follow the simple steps below to manage your Jump List history data.
A Right-Click on any application on your taskbar will display its jump list. By default Windows 7 is set to store and remember your most recently used items for each application.
If there are any items which you would like to save before going on an erase spree, just Click on the Pin button next to any jump list recent history item. This pin will preserve that particular item in the jump list under a new heading called Pinned, and it will remain even if you disable jump list history.
How To Clear and/or Disable Your Windows 7 Jump List Recent History
Method 1. To erase individual items: Open the jump list for the desired application. Now Right-Click any Recent or Frequent item and then Click Remove from this list.
Method 2. To erase all: Right-Click the taskbar and then Click Properties. In the dialog box that appears Click the Start Menu tab, and then Uncheck the box for Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar. Once you Click Apply, ALL jump list recent history is erased.
If you enjoy using jump list recent history, just Re-Check the box and Click OK. Once you’ve erased the history though, re-enabling it will not bring back old items.