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In Windows 7 Essential Training, David Rivers helps users of any level feel comfortable with the improvements and enhancements found in Microsoft's operating system. From simple navigation through the updated graphic user interface, David shows how to install or upgrade and get the most out of Windows 7. He covers using the new Internet Explorer 8 and boosting a computer's memory with the ReadyBoost tool. He also highlights hardware configuration options and explores the advances made connecting a home or work system with Windows Live, the cloud-computing environment made available for Windows 7 users. Exercise files accompany this course.
Jump List provides quick and easy access to frequently used files, sites, options and even information for any program displayed on the taskbar. For example, if you visit a website on a regular basis, you can access it quickly from the Internet Explorer button on the taskbar. Now instead of clicking the Explorer, button, right-click and you'll see up at the top frequently or recently visited sites. So you can quickly go to one of those sites by simply selecting it on the Jump List.
So, not only does it launch Explorer but it takes you directly to that site. Let's close this up, and I want to show you one other option with a Jump List. When we right-click the Explorer icon not only can we see those frequently visited sites but you notice as we hover over them, there is a little push-pin as well. So we are going to always see the frequently or recently used sites, but if you want to keep one there, simply pin it to the Jump List and it appears in a new category called Pinned.
So you can always quickly access that site directly from the taskbar. Let's try it with some files now. First, we'll go to the Windows Orb, click once and you should be able to find Paint there. What we are going to do is pin this to the taskbar, so right-click and choose Pin to Taskbar. Now it's down there. We'll click the Desktop anywhere. That closes up our Start menu, and now we have our shortcut to Paint. Let's go up to the Exercise Files, if you've got them, and double-click.
Now double-click the Chap02 folder and double-click 02_03. You'll find a few different files here. They are all images. We'll go to Otters, right-click and let's choose Open with and we'll choose Paint. Now, this launches the Paint program, and opens up our image, which is fairly large, so it's hard to tell what it is from this particular view. We might want to zoom down a little bit just to be able to get a better look at that image. And now let's close up Paint and close up our Windows Explorer folder as well.
And now down at the bottom if we want to quickly go back to that because we've got the Paint icon on the taskbar, we right-click, look at that, there is the recently used list including Otters at the top, so we can quickly go back to that. With a single click it launches Paint and opens up our file for us. That's the beauty of Jump Lists. Now, it also works for locations in Windows Explorer. For example, if we want to quickly go back to the Exercise Files we have them on the desktop as a shortcut, but instead of double-clicking Exercise Files, double-clicking Chap02 and double- clicking the 02_03 folder we can go to the Jump List right down here, Windows Explorer is on the taskbar by default.
You can see the 02_03 folder, right there. It takes us directly back to that folder much faster than having it double-clicked through all those folders. So, Jump Lists can really save you a lot of time. You also have the ability to manage the number of items appearing on a Jump List. So by default it's set to 10. To make changes to that, right-click the Windows Orb and click Properties. Now with the Start menu tab selected, click Customize, and down at the bottom you'll notice two options. First of all you've got the Start menu size, the number of recent programs to display in the Start menu.
But you've also got number of recent items to display in Jump Lists. There is that number 10, if you want less click the Down Arrow, if you want more pump it up. I am going to move up to 12 and click OK. When I click OK, those changes are saved, and now whenever I right-click any of those icons down below, I'll be able to see up to 12 items on that Jump List, including the ones that I pinned using that push-pin option So, remember Jump Lists when you want to save some time and effort when locating frequently used files, locations, or even sites.
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