How to Disable Jump Lists in Windows 10

As you may already know, Windows 10 tracks and stores information about which documents and which folders and files you have opened recently. This information is used by the OS to provide quick access to documents via jump lists when you need them again. If you need to remove this info due to privacy concerns or for some other reason, you will find that in Windows 10 this operation can be a bit confusing. Here is how you can disable jump lists in Windows 10.

Windows 10 shows jump lists in the Start menu and for taskbar pinned apps which support this feature. Here is how it looks: Wndows 10 taskbar jumplists Wndows 10 jumplists

In Windows 10, the Taskbar and Start menu were reworked,  so you need to use a special page in the Settings app to disable jump lists.

To disable jump lists in Windows 10,

you need to do the following:

  1. Open the Settings app. Windows 10 settings app
  2. Open Personalization. Windows 10 personalization
  3. Go to the item titled Start on the left: Windows 10 personalization start
  4. Disable the option Show recently opened items in Jump Lists on Start or the taskbar Windows 10 personalization disable recent documents

Alternatively, you can apply a Registry tweak.

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following Registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    Tip: How to jump to the desired registry key with one click.

  3. In the right pane, create or modify the 32-bit DWORD value named Start_TrackDocs. Set its value data to 0 to disable the jump lists feature. Note: To restore defaults, set it to 1. Windows 10 Disable Jump Lists

You can save your time and download ready-to-use Registry files. The undo tweak is included.

Download Registry Files

You can save your time and use Winaero Tweaker instead. It comes with the following feature:

Winaero Tweaker Disable Jump Lists

You can download it here: Download Winaero Tweaker.

That's it.

1 thought on “How to Disable Jump Lists in Windows 10

  1. Bruce

    Using Windows 10 Home 1709 64 bit … Sorry to say that I checked it both
    ways, using the Settings, Personalization and also the registry key. Both were
    set the way you suggest and yet that darned jump list keeps showing up.
    Extremely annoying. I also have the latest version of Winaero installed.

    Thanks

    Reply

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