[BCAB] Jump lists in windows 7 - was Re: windows 8 and other operating systems

David Griffith d.griffith at btinternet.com
Sat Jun 30 13:58:27 BST 2012

Many thanks for this detailed explanation.

On the face of it I think that using classic shell and therefore having  a
key links menu that you can access with windows K followed by first letter
navigation is a much slicker interface.  I will try the steps you outline
though to give it a fair try.
thanks again for making this clear.

David Griffith
-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of David Bailes
Sent: 30 June 2012 12:19
Subject: [BCAB] Jump lists in windows 7 - was Re: windows 8 and
otheroperating systems

Hi David,
in windows 7 it's not straightforward to pin a folder to the taskbar, but
you can have windows explorer pinned to the taskbar, and then pin folders to
it's jump list.
To check whether windows explorer is pinned to the taskbar:
1. Close any copies of windows explorer that are running.
2. Use windows key + t to cycle round the taskbar buttons, and see if
there's a windows explorer button. If it's there it's pinned.
If it isn't there, then to pin it to taskbar:
1. Open a copy of windows explorer.
2. Use windows + t to cycle round the taskbar buttons to find the button
corresponding to windows explorer. Note that if a single copy of windows
explorer is running, then then name of the button is the name of the folder
in windows explorer.
3. Press application key to open the taskbar button's context menu, which
is the program's jump list.
4. Choose pin this program to the taskbar.
Pinning locations to windows explorer's jump list.
1. Use windows key + t to move to the windows explorer button on the
taskbar, and open it's jump list by pressing the application key. As noted
above, if a singe copy of the windows explorer is open, then the name of the
button is the name of the current folder.
2. In the jump list, the first items are any pinned locatations, and these
are followed by frequently used locations, and some tasks. Select one of the
freqently used locations, open its context menu and choose pin to this list.
This location will then always be one of the first items on the jump list,
unless you manually unpin it using its context menu. You can quickly select
items in the jump list using their first character.
Notes on the frequently used locations in the jump list.
If you can't find a frequently used location on the jump list then you
- increase the number of frequent items on jump lists. You can to this in
the properties of the start menu, as described in the customizing section of
the guide I previously mentioned.
- you can remove freqent locations from the list using their context menu.
Other locations will then take there place.
original message:
Thanks for this, and the link to a very informative page. However I have
failed on first base.
I went to my key links folder which contains all the frequently used web
bookmarks etc.  I pressed Windows T to shift focus to the Task bar.
However I did not find Key links represented as a folder on the taskbar.
There was windows explorer and I did find my Key links folder in a sub menu
here.  However, Opening the context menu on this did not reveal any option
to pin to the task bar.
Just to check I went back to the context menu of the original folder   in
Explorer  but again there was no option to pin to the Task Bar.
Any ideas on what I am doing wrong?
by the way, If anybody is interested,  this process is much more
straightforward on the Mac.,  I placed the same folder of links on the Dock,
instantly and easily by simply pressing command Shift T with the folder
highlighted. In this way you can create a cascading menu system, very
similar to the old XP start menu, which is easily   available from the Mac

David Griffith 
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