One of the nicest new features of Windows 7 is Jumplists. Jumplists let you right-click on any program in the taskbar and access certain features, settings, and actions of that program.
For example, if you right-click on Google Chrome in the taskbar, you can easily open one of your most visited websites, open a recently closed tab, open an Incognito window, and more.
That’s pretty neat right! Other programs that support jumplists will have their own set of actions and settings. So what if you wanted to create your own jumplist!? Possible?
Jumplist Launcher is a free program that you can use to create custom jumplists in Windows with as many programs, files, or folders as you like.
So how does the program work? Well, first download it and extract the EXE file. Place it in a folder that you won’t be moving or deleting. Once you run the program, it will generate some additional files, so that’s why you want the folder.
The interface for the program is pretty straight-forward. You can create groups of items and by default it starts out with just a blank group. Double-click on Group 1 to change the name. Here I changed it to Web Browsers.
Now you can begin adding items to your jumplist. You can either drag and drop programs into the GUI interface or you can click the Add File button.
You can add another group by clicking Add Group and add a folder using Add Folder. Here I have gone ahead and filled out my jumplist with access to my favorite folders and programs.
Note that you can click on any item and edit the Name, File Location, and Parameters. If you want to pass command line parameters to any of the programs, just enter it into the parameters text box.
You can also rearrange items by clicking the Remove, Up and Down arrows. Once you are done and happy with your jumplist, click the Save button at the bottom right. This will create two more files in addition to the main EXE file. It will create an Icons folder and a .DAT file.
Now to actually use your custom jumplist, you have to drag the JumplistLauncher.exe file to your taskbar. Once added to the taskbar, just right click and there is your new jumplist!
If you want to edit the jumplist, simply left-click on the icon in your taskbar and it will load up the main GUI interface again. Add your new programs, etc and then click Update Jumplist. You can also click Save, both should work.
That’s pretty much it! If you want more than 10 programs, just increase the number in the Max. Jumplist-Items box. Note that you can create multiple custom jumplists by simply copying the EXE file to another folder, creating another jumplist, and then copying the additional EXE file to the taskbar. Neat! Enjoy!