The Jump List is a greatly underestimated feature of Windows. There are many people who don’t even know that it exists.
It allows us to easily access recently opened files without having to look for their exact file path every single time.
Back to Windows 8 and Windows 7, we had the option of easily changing the display number of these recent items.
However, that doesn’t seem to be the case with Windows 10. It’s still possible to get a higher display number. Just not as easy. Let’s learn how!
Back in Windows 8/7, you could change that setting easily through the taskbar properties. That’s no longer the case with Windows 10.
For a reason that nobody seems to understand, Windows 10 will not give you the option of tweaking with the jump list.
The only working method of increasing the number of recent items to display in Windows 10 jump list, is through the registry.
Now, everyone seems to worry when the registry is mentioned; and rightfully so. If you mess something up, you might render your computer unusable and I won’t take any responsibility for it.
Open your registry by typing “regedit” to your Windows search bar, and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced.
Then look at the right part of your screen for something called “JumpListItems_Maximum”. Right click on it, and change its value to the display number of your preference. Ex. 30.
If you can’t find it, you can also create it on your own. Which was the case for me as well. Click on Edit -> New -> Dword (32-bit) Value, and name it JumpListItems_Maximum.
Then double-click on it and change its value to the display number of your preference.
I followed these steps for myself to make sure that this method is actually working. You can check the results in the screenshots below.
You can see here that before the modifications, I only had 3 recently opened files on the jump list.
After the modifications, you can see how I’ve got multiple files displayed on the jump list now.
So, yeah. This method works. If you follow this guide step by step, then you should be able to get more files displayed on your jump list safely and easily.
This didn’t work for me on my non-administrator account. Even when I opened regedit with administrator permissions, nothing would happen.
So, I guess that you need an administrator account to make this work. Your results can vary as Windows 10 accounts seem to have a few bugs even to this day.
After switching to my main administrator account, this immediately worked. I didn’t even had to reboot or anything.
Other than that, do keep in mind that the Windows registry is not a toy. It’s very easy to break your system with it.
So, don’t try to get too creative with it unless you’re prepared to render your computer unusable. It’s generally recommended to have backups when tweaking with the registry or anything related to it.
I honestly have no idea. We already know that it’s possible to do it. And it doesn’t seem to possess a security risk or anything like that.
So, why would Microsoft decide to remove this from the UI of Windows 10? Your guess is as good as mine.