A Curiosity about Windows Explorer Jump Lists

I really enjoy the Jump List feature in Windows 7 and I’ve described how useful Windows Jump Lists are before.

Here >> Helpful tool for Apps that don’t use Windows 7 jump lists


The Curious Frustration:

However, I found a frustration about the manner in which the “Frequent” folders list get populated.

It considers folders that are “Frequent” to be those that you open files from them (they contain files).

Therefore if you have folder of folders e.g. “My Documents\JumpList Folder\” – it won’t be counted or included.

Even though you open it and access it plenty of times, it won’t appear on the “Frequent” list on the Windows Explorer Jump list.

The Demonstration:

To demonstrate this – I created three “sub folders” (see image below).

I created a notepad document in both “Sub Folder1” and “Sub Folder2”.


I tested this by theory by opening the Notepad document in the folders “Sub Folder1” and “Sub Folder2”, those folders appeared on the Windows Explorer Jump list immediately. (see image below)


But, however much I accessed the empty folder “Sub Folder3” or the folder of folders “JumpList Folder” – neither appeared in the Windows Explorer Jump list.

Now I understand that empty folders don’t need to classed as a “used” | “pin able” item.  However, I think it strange that a folder containing folders doesn’t captured by the Windows Explorer Jump list.

I also haven’t found any documentation to state this?  Anyone seen anything useful here?

Jump List Hint & Tip:

So my Windows Explorer Jump list hint & tip, is if you use a “folder of folders” which you wish to pin to the Windows Explorer Jump list – create a txt file in it, and open it, pin the folder to the Windows Explorer Jump list and remove the file!

For another Windows Explorer Jump list tip for removing stuck pins check out : Fix for When Pinned Jump List Items Get Stuck in Windows 7 by HowtoGeek



  1. On my Windows 8.1 system, I can:
    1. Confirm your Windows 7 anomaly, that a folder, or sub-folder, or file ! only gets added to File Explorer’s “recent” items jump list, or that programme’s (eg. Notepad’s) “recent” items jump list on the Taskbar, if a document in that folder is opened. Neither the folder (recent place) or the file (recent item) is added to the respective Taskbar jump lists if they are created; population appears to require access by opening a document/file.
    2. Only a limited number of the last-used “recent” items have space on the jump list – in my case 3 items, after which the older “recent” items are overwritten.
    3. The “recent” items jump list of File Explorer is contained in the “recent places” folder (until user ‘clears’ latter);
    4. The “recent” items jump list of any other Taskbar pinned app is contained (along with all recent places) in the “recent items” folder (until user ‘clears’ latter);
    5. ‘Clearing” the recent items folder also ‘clears’ the recent places folder, completely.
    Thanks for post of quirky MS Windows behaviour!

      1. My pleasure, Charlie Hope.
        An endless case of windows-users trying to cope with increasingly frequent user-foreign (un-friendly) windows-os updates to keep doing their daily work.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s