(1) starter imageWhen we covered the Windows 7  Jumplist feature, we showed you how to use them and how to set them up. However, there are software titles out there that make it easier to manage your jumplists.

One such program we like here at TechNorms is called Jump List Manager. The developers of this program offer a variety of low key software titles that work with Windows to make your life easier with Windows 7.

Jump List Manager is a handy tool that anybody who frequently uses documents or applications should download and begin to use. Let us walk through Jump List Manager and see if it is right for you.

How to use the Jump List Manager

The first step to using Jump List Manager is to download it from Download Utility’s web site.

Once downloaded, you can begin the installation process. Simply double-click the installation icon. You will be asked to accept the download depending on your security settings, once you have you will reach the welcome message. Click “Next” to continue.

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You want to read through the License Agreement for Jump List Manager. Once you accept the terms, click “Next” to continue.

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You want to select the installation directory for the program, then click “Next.”

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It will ask you to title the start menu folder, when you have, simply click “Next” again.

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You can choose to create a desktop icon if you want. If not, click “Next.”

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Finally, click “Install” to begin the installation process. This will take just a few seconds for the process to complete. Once it is finished, click “Finish.” You can then open Jump List Manager.

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Accessing and Using Jump List Manager:

Open your “Start Menu.” Click “All Programs.”

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Then, locate the Jump List Manager folder and open the program.

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From the initial start-up, you will see a pre-made jumplist ready for you to begin tinkering with.

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The first step is to actually create the jumplist. You want to do this by right clicking the Jump List Manager icon in the taskbar.

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Click “Pin this program to taskbar.” You will notice when you right clicked it that the items that loaded when you opened the Jump List Manager are there. As you update and change the jumplist in the program, it will be updated to show when you click the icon.

From here, we can begin building our own custom jumplist. You have a variety of options to work with from the main window. You can add new items, add separators and edit items you have added.

The first step is to delete what pre-made items are already on the jumplist. You can do this by clicking the “Delete” button. Once you have cleared out all the items, you can click on the icon in the taskbar to see they have all been deleted there as well.

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Now, we will add our first item. The first items you add in Jump List Manager before adding your first separator will be considered “task” items. They will appear under the Task header.

Click “Add New Jump List Item.”

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You will need to fill in all the categories with an “*” next to them. This means that “Title” and “Application/Document Path” must be completed to add it to your custom jumplist.

First, we will add the title. I am going to add Microsoft Word to my custom jumplist. I titled it “Microsoft Word.” Next, you have to locate the file associated with what you want to add. If it is a document, simply locate the document. If it is a program, you need to find the .EXE associated with it. In this case, I have located the executable file associated with Microsoft Word. You can add a short description of the program or file if you want, you can also associate an icon with the link. You can do this by finding an .ICO file.

Click “Ok” when you are finished filling out the required fields.

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Now, we will add a separator by clicking “Add Separator.”

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We will now add a document to the jumplist. Click “Add New Jump List Item.” You want to fill in the title and once again locate the document. When you are finished, click “Ok.”

Now, let us say you want the document to be situated under the Task header. In order to do that, you want to click on the separator and then click “Move Down.”

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Move Up and Move Down can be used to re-organize your jumplist. You can also click “Reset” to revert the jumplist back to its original form when you first opened Jump List Manager.


You now have everything you need to create your own custom jumplist to make it easier to open, edit and navigate in Windows 7. The more you begin using Jump List Manager, the quicker it will be to add, edit and move around the applications and documents you add to it.

Does Jump List Manager give you the control you need over your Jump Lists?

Jump List Manager gives you all the tools you need to create a custom jumplist for Windows 7. The program is easy to use and once you get the feel for it, you can quickly create a jumplist with your commonly used programs, most accessed documents and edit it just as efficiently.

I was surprised by how easy Jump List Manager was to use after download. I think the installation took longer than figuring out how to use it. Jump List Manager is a great way to create, manage and use Windows 7 jumplists. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Download Jumplists Manager.

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