Disable Recent, Frequent Items from Showing on Jump Lists

Disable Recent, Frequent Items from Showing on Jump Lists

Windows 7 users must be aware of the Jump List feature, which allows quick access to recently opened (or currently open) instances of a program through its taskbar icon. Using these lists can save time and effort by opening recent and frequent items, navigating to favorite locations, and more. However, if you share your computer, there may be a security breach. Another user could access your files and activities by visiting the Jump List’s recent and frequent sections (shown in the example below).

There is a way to disable these items from showing on an application Jump List, whether it be for this reason or any other. This will remove the Recent and Frequent sections entirely. We will explore this shortly.

Cool Tip: We have also written about a trick to create custom sections by adding personalized line separators between Jump List pinned items.

Steps to Disable Recent and Frequent Items

Read the steps carefully because there are two parts to the setting and they mean different things. Later, you may apply them as needed.

Step 1: Right-click on an empty space on the Taskbar and choose Properties to open the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog window.

Step 2: Switch to the Start Menu tab.

Step 3: Under the Privacy section, you will see two options. Uncheck the one that reads Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar. Click Apply and Ok.

Disable Recent, Frequent Items from Showing on Jump Lists

Once you’ve completed that, the Recent section will disappear from the Jump List. Windows 7 will no longer track recent items.

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Step 4: In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog, click the Customize button to access the advanced menu.

Step 5: In the Start menu size section, set the Number of recent items to display in Jump Lists to 0.

Disable Recent, Frequent Items from Showing on Jump Lists

After completing those steps, the “Frequent” section will be removed from the Jump List. Here is how my lists appear after making these adjustments to the settings.

Disable Recent, Frequent Items from Showing on Jump Lists

Applying only Step 5 settings and not Step 3 would exclude Recent and Frequent from the Jump List but still track them in the background. You can enable them whenever you want.

A cool tip is that you can also use the Step 5 setting to adjust the number of items that appear instead of disabling them entirely.


While these features work for you, you may have different priorities. Carefully decide what is more important to you and let us know if that helps.

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