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Using Jump Lists

The Windows 7 taskbar becomes even more useful with the addition of Jump Lists—kind of context-sensitive pop-up menus for each icon on the taskbar. To display an icon's Jump List, right-click the icon.

Figure 2 A Windows 7 taskbar Jump List

What you see in a Jump List depends to some degree on the application associated with the icon. For example, Windows 7–specific apps will display more specific (and useful) Jump Lists than applications developed prior to Windows 7; an app has to be written specifically to take full advantage of this new feature.

Most Jump Lists contain the following items:

  • The most recent documents opened in this application
  • A link to open a new instance of this application
  • An option to unpin this item from the taskbar (for shortcut icons)
  • An option to close the current window (for open-window icons)

Win7-specific apps offer more application-appropriate items on their Jump Lists. For example, Windows Media Player 12 (the new version in Windows 7) has a section for Frequent playlists and albums, as well as a Tasks section with the most-recent program operations.

In short, Windows 7 taskbar Jump Lists are a lot like traditional right-click pop-up menus, but with more useful options. They make the new taskbar icons more useful than they would have been otherwise.

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