How to find your old jump lists after the latest Windows 10 Update

A recent update of Windows 10 changed the behavior of the right-click on the taskbar for many applications. Your old taskbar jump lists are still there, but not in the same location.


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I am a Microsoft Windows 10 taskbar person. Simply put, a taskbar person, and there are more of us than you think, use the Windows 10 taskbar as your main source desktop navigation. People on the taskbar tend to have very few shortcut icons on their desktop and instead rely on the ability to right-click the icons on the taskbar and use the jump list that is shows later to load specific applications or websites. It is simple, efficient and clean, or at least it was.

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A recent update of Windows 10 changed The behavior of the right-click of the taskbar for many applications. The most annoying of these changes has been applied to web browsers. Until recently, people on the taskbar attached websites to their web browser icons on the taskbar and gave up the list of favorites contained in the application. But that doesn't work the same way anymore. It is an unfortunate turn of events.

The good news for people on the taskbar is that their well-crafted list of jump list links has not disappeared, they have simply moved to a new location on the Start menu. I don't have an explanation as to why they moved, but I can show you how to find them.

How to find your missed taskbar jump lists in Windows 10

To clarify what we understand by Windows 10 taskbar jump lists, see Figure A . The long list of links that is displayed when you right-click on the Word icon in the taskbar is called the jump list. This 2016 article, Windows 10 trick: How to reinforce your jump lists to show more anchored items, explains how to edit the Windows Registry file to expand that list.
Figure A

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Word, Excel and the rest of the Office 365 applications still support the skip list function of the taskbar, but the behavior has been modified for web browsers such as Chrome and Edge. After the most recent update of Windows 10, existing skip lists are no longer displayed when you right-click their respective icons located on the taskbar ( Figure B ).

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Figure B

In Chrome, for example, the old jump list on the taskbar can now be found by opening the Start menu and right clicking on the Chrome tile located there ( Figure C ).

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Figure C

Before the Windows 10 update, you could drag a shortcut to the website to the Chrome or Edge icon located on the Windows 10 taskbar and the system would add that link to your jump list; That behavior has been lost. Now, to add items to your web browser's jump list in the Windows 10 taskbar, you must anchor an item that is already on the most visited or recently closed list. While those lists are useful in their own way, they don't always contain links to sites that deserve a pin.

It helps to find a solution for skip lists from the missing taskbar

This change in the behavior of the Windows 10 taskbar seems strange to me. It is very possible that it is happening by mistake. It is true that I have not done much research on this. If members of the TechRepublic community have not experienced this behavior, if their taskbar jump lists are fine after the most recent Windows 10 update, we would like to know.

More importantly, if you have noticed this change in Windows 10 Taskbar Behavior and have a solution that allows taskbar people to reset their taskbar jump lists, share it with the community in the discussion below or by sending me a message. Whether it involves a complicated adjustment of the Windows Registry or a simple change in a configuration, all users of the taskbar would appreciate the help.

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